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Nor the pride, nor ample pinion,
& That the Theban Eagle bear
Sailing with supreme dominion
Thro’the azure deep of air :
Yet oft before his infant eyes would run
Such forms, as glitter in the Muse's ray
With orient hues, unborrow'd of the Sun:
Yet shall he mount, and keep his diftant way
Beyond the limits of a vulgar fate,
Beneath the Good how far-but far above the Great,
d Aids Teds oviya SetovOlymp. 2. Pindar compares himself to that bird, and his enemies to ravens that croak and clamour in vain below, while it pursues its slight, regardless of their noise.
The following Ode is founded on a Tradition current
in Wales, that EDWARD THE FIRST, when
he compleated the conquest of that country, order
ed all the Bards, that fell into his hands, to be put
Helm, nor f Hauberk's twisted mail,
Nor even thy virtues, Tyrant, shall avail
• To save thy secret foul from nightly fears,
• From Cambria's curse, from Cambria's tears!
Such were the sounds, that o'er the 3 crested pride
Of the firft Edward scatter'd wild disinay,
As down the steep of h Snowdon's shaggy side
He wound with toilfome march his long array.
f The Hauberk was a texture of steel ringlets, or rings interwoven, forming a coat of mail, that fate close to the body, and adapted itself to every rootion.
h Snowdon was a name given by the Saxons to that mountainous tract, which the Welch themselves call Craigian-eryri: it included