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No 620. Monday, November 15, 1714.
Hic vir, hic est, tibi quem promitti sæpius audis.
VIRG. Æn. vi. 791. • Behold the promis’d chief! LTAVING lately presented my reader with a
M copy of verfés full of the false sublime, I Thall here communicate to him an excellent fpecimen of the true: though it hath not been yet published, the judicious reader will readily discern it to be the work of a master: and if he hath read that noble poem on “ The Prospect of “ Peace," he will not be at a loss to guess at the author. * .
The ROYAL PROGRESS. W H EN Brunswick first appear’d, each honest
heart, • Intent on verse, disdain'd the rules of art; · For him the songtters, in unmeasur'd odes,
Debas'd Alcides, and dethron’d the gods; • In golden chains the kings of India led, • Or rent the turban from the Sultan's head. ' • One, in old fables, and the pagan strain, "With Nymphs and Tritons, wafts him o'er the
"main; ? Another draws fierce Lucifer in arms, . And fills th' infernal region with alarms; “ A third awakes fome Druid, to foretel ' Each future triumph, from his dreary cell. * By Mr. TickeLL, See Spect. N° 523. and No. 532.
' Eachird awakinfernal Lucifer in
! Exploded fancies! that in vain deceive, " While the mind nauseates what she can't believe. • My Muse th' expected Hero shall pursue
From clime to clime, and keep him still in view; • His shining march describe in faithful lays,
Content to paint him, nor presume to praise; • Their charms, if charıns they have, the trạth sup,
"plies, * And from the theme unlabour'd beauties rise,
By longing nations for the throne design'd, . And calls to guard the rights of human kind; " With secret grief his godlike soul repines, < And Britain's crown with joyless lustre shines, 6 While pray’rs and tears his destin'd progress stay, "And crowds of mourners choak their Soy'reign's
" way. · Not so he march'd when hostile squadrons stood « In scenes of death, and fir'd his generous blood; " When his hot courser paw'd th' Hungarian plain, < And adverse legions stood the shock in vain. 1. His frontiers past, the Belgian bounds he views,
And cross the level fields his march pursues. • Here, pleas'd the land of freedom to survey, " He greatly scorns the thirst of boundless sway.
O'er the thin soil, with filent joy, he spies • Transplanted woods, and borrow'd verdure rise; • Where ev'ry meadow won with toil and blood, • From haughty tyrants, and the raging Algod, — With fruits and flowers the careful hind supplies,
And clothes the marshes in a rich disguise, • Such wealth for frugal hands doth Heaven decree, « And such thy gifts, celestial Liberty! • Through stately towns, and many a fertile plain, « The pomp advances to the neighbouring main. " Whole nations crowd around with joyful cries, ¢ And view the hero with insatiate eyes,
Co In Haga's towers he waits, till eastern gales « Propitious rise to swell the British fails. < Hither the fame of England's monarch brings 6 The vows and friendships of the neighb'ring kings; < Mature in wisdom, his extensive mind « Takes in the blended interests of mankind, « The world's great patriot. Calm thy anxious breast, « Secure in him, O Europe, take thy rest; < Henceforth thy kingdoms shall remain confin'd « By rocks or streams, the mounds which Heav'n
• design'd; « The Alps their new-made monarch shall restrain, . Nor shall thy hills, Pirene, rise in vain.
But see, to Britain's ille the squadron stand, s And leave the finking towers and less'ning land. • The royal bark bounds o'er the floating plain,
Breaks ihrough the billows, and divides the main. • O'er the vast deep, great monarch, dart thine eyes, • A watery prospect bounded by the skies: . Ten thousand vessels, from ten thousand shores, « Bring gums and gold, and either India's stores, 6 Behold the tributes hast'ning to thy throne,
And see the wide horizon asl thy own,
"Still is it thine; tho' now the cheerful crew - Hail Albion's clifts just whitening to the view. • Before the wind with swelling fails they ride,
Till Thames receives them in bis opening tide.
The monarch hears the thund'ring peals arourd . From trembling woods and echoing hills rebound,
Nor misses yet, amid the deafʼning train, • The roarings of the hoarse resounding main,
! As in the flood he fails, from either side, He views his kingdom in its rural pride;
• A various • A various scene the widespread landskip yields, « O’er rich inclosures and luxuriant fields : • A lowing herd each fertile pasture fills,
And distant flocks stray o'er a thousand hills. « Fair Greenwich hid in woods with new delight, " (Shade above shade) now rises to the sight: " His woods ordain'd to vifit every shore, • And guard the island which they grac'd before.
The sun, now rolling down the western way, "A blaze of fires, renews the fading day; • Unnumber'd barks the regal barge enfold,
Bright'ning the twilight with its beamy gold; « Less thick the finny shoals, a countless fry, • Before the whale or kingly dolphin fly; • In one vaft shout he feeks the crowded strand,
And in a peal of thunder gains the land.
" Welcome, great stranger, to our longing eyes, • Oh! king defiru, adopted Albion cries, . For thee the East breath'd out a profp'rous breeze,
Bright were the suns, and gently swellid the seas.
Thy presence did each doubtful heart compofe, • And factions wonder'd that they once were foes; • That joyful day they loft each hostile name, • The same their aspect, and their voice the same.
So two fair twins, whose features were design'd " At one soft moment in the mother's mind, ( Show each the other with reflected grace, . And the same beauties bloom in either face; - The puzzled strangers which is which inquire ; • Delusion grateful to the smiling fire.
"From that * fair hill, where hoary fages boast "To name the stars, and count the heavenly host,
"By the next dawn doth great Augufta rise, • Proud town! the noblest scene beneath the skies.
O'er Thames her thousand spires their lustre Thed, And a vast navy hides his ample bed
A floating forest! From the distant strand • A line of golden cars strikes o'er the land :
Britannia's peers in pomp and rich array,
Before their king, triumphant led the way. • Far as the eye can reach, the gaudy train, * A bright procession, shines along the plain.
"So haply thro''the heav'n's wide pathless ways • A comet draws a long-extended blaze;
From east to west burns through th' etherial frame, . And half heav'n's convex glitters with the flame.
. Now to the regal towers securely brought,
He plans Britannia's glories in his thought, • Resumes the delegated power he gave,
Rewards the faithful, and restores the brave. · Whom shall the Muse from out the shining throng ' Select, to heighren and adorn her song? “ Thee, Halifax. To thy capacious mind,
O man approv'd, is Britain's wealth consign'd. 'Her coin (while Nafsau fought) debas'd and rude, * By thee in beauty and in truth renew'd, o ' An arduous work! again thy charge we fee, ' And thy own care once more returns to thee. • O! form’d in every scene to awe and please, 'Mix wit with pomp, and dignity with ease; • Tho' call’d to shine aloft, thou wilt not fcorn 'To smile on hearts thyself did once adorn: . For this thy name succeeding time shall praise, ' And envy less thy garter than thy bays.
3. The Muse, if fir'd with thy enliv’ning beams, Perhaps shall aim at more exalted themes ;