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ON HIS MAJESTY'S HAPPY RECOVERY.

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(For feats of sanguinary hue
Not always glitter in my view);
Till settling on the current year,
I found the far sought treasure near;
A theme for poetry divine,
A theme to' ennoble even mine,
In memorable Eighty-nine.

The spring of Eighty-nine shall be
An era cherish'd long by me,
Which joyful I will oft record,
And thankful at my frugal board ;
For then the clouds of Eighty-eight,
That threaten’d England's trembling state
With loss of what she least could spare,
Her sovereign's tutelary care,
One breath of Heaven, that cried-Restore !
Chąsed, never to assemble more;
And far the richest crown on earth,
If valued by its wearer's worth,
The symbol of a righteous reign,
Sat fast on George's brows again.

Then peace and joy again possess'd
Our Queen's long agitated breast,
Such joy and peace as can be known
By sufferers like herself alone;
Who losing, or supposing lost,
The good on earth they valued most,
For that dear sorrow's sake forego
All hope of happiness below,

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ON HIS MAJESTY'S HAPPY RECOVERY.

Then suddenly regain the prize,
And flash thanksgiving to the skies !

O Queen of Albion, queen of isles !
Since all thy tears were changed to smiles,
The eyes that never saw thee shine
With joy not unallied to thine,
Transports not chargeable with art
Illume the land's remotest part,
And strangers to the air of courts,
Both in their toils and at their sports,
The happiness of answer'd prayers,
That gilds thy features, show in theirs.
If they, who on thy state attend,
Awe-struck, before thy presence bend,
'Tis but the natural effect
Of grandeur that ensures respect;
But she is something more than Queen,
Who is beloved where never seen.

MINOR POEMS.

PART II.

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C.Rolls fe.
I am out of humanity's reach,
I must finish my journey alone

Alerander Selkirke

LONDON: PUBLISHED BY JOHN SHARPE.

1825.

1 MINOR POEMS.

PART II.

VERSES,

SUPPOSED TO BE WRITTEN BY ALEXANDER SELKIRK, DURING HIS

SOLITARY ABODE IN THE ISLAND OF JUAN FERNANDEZ.

I
AM
monarch of all I

survey,
My right there is none to dispute ;
From the centre all round to the sea,

I am lord of the fowl and the brute.
O Solitude! where are the charms

That sages have seen in thy face?
Better dwell in the midst of alarms

Than reign in this horrible place.

I am out of humanity's reach,

I must finish my journey alone,
Never hear the sweet music of speech;

I start at the sound of my own.

PART II,

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