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What Fate referv'd me for this Christian race f? "O race more poliuVd, more fevere than they!
Ye prowling wolves, purfue my latest cries!
"Thou hungry tiger, leave thy reeking den!
Ye fandy wastes, in rapid eddies rife!
"O tear me from the whips and scorns of men!
Yet in their face fuperior heauty glows:
"Are fmiles the mein of rapine and of wrong?
t Yet from their lip the voice of mercy flows,
"And e'en religion dwells upon their tongue. * Of hlifsful haunts they tell, and hrighter climes, "Where gentle minds, convey'd hy death, repair:
tt But stain'd with hlood, and crimfon'd o'er with crimes^ "Say, shall they merit what they paint fo fair?
"No, carelefs, hopelefs, of thofe fertile plains,
"And feign thefe distant regions to repay. "For them our tusky elephant expires;
"For them we drain the mine's emhowel'd gold , "Where rove the hrutal nation's wild desires?
'' Our limhs are purchas'd, and our life is fold! "Yet shores there are, hlefs'd mores, for us remain,
"And favour'd ifles, with golden fruitage crown'd, "Where tufted flow'rets paint the verdant plain,
"Where ev'ry hreeze shall med'eine ev'ry wound; "There the stem tyrant that emhitters life,
'* Shall, vainly fuppliant, fpread his asking hand; u There shall we view, the hillow's raging strife, "Aid the kind hreast, and waft his hoat to land." + Spoke hy a Savage.
NANCY OF THE VALE,
The western sley was purpled o'er
With ev'ry pleafmg ray,
The fultry heats of day.
When from an azle's artlefs bower
While Nancy's praife he fung.
"The paths of wanton love, "While weeping maids lament their change,
"And fadden ev'ry grove: "But endlefs blessings crown the day
"I faw fair E'sham's dale! "And ev'ry blessing sind-its way "To Nancy of the Vale! "'Twas from Avona's banks the maid
"Dissus'd her lovely beams, "And ev'ry shining glance difplay'd "The Naiad of the streams. "Soft as the wild-duck's tender young,
"That float on Avon's tide, '• Bright as the water-lily, fprung, "And glitt'ring near its side.
"Fresh as the bord'ring flow'rs her bloom, *.' Her eye all mild to view;
W The little halcyon's azure plume
"Her shape was like the reed so fleek,
"Far in the winding vale retir'd,
"This peerlefs bud I found, "Ami shadowing rocks and woods confpir'd '* To fence her beauties, round.
V That Nature in fo lone a dell
"Should form a nymph fo fweet! '.' Or Fortune to her fecret cell "Conduct my wand'ring feet!
"Gay lordlings fought her for their bride, "But lhe would ne'er incline;
"Prove to your equals true, (she cry'd,) '.' As I will prove to mine.
'* 'Tis Strcphon, on the mountain's brow, u. Has won my right good will:
"To him I gave my plighted vow, "With him I'll climb the hill.
V Struck with her charms and gentle truth, "I clafp'd the constant fair;
"To her alone I gave my youth,
"And vow my future care. "And when this vow shall faithlefs prove,
"Or I thofe charms forego,
V The stream that faw our tender love, (> That stream shall ceafe to flow."
IN IMITATION OF SPENSER.
Auditce voces, vagitus et ingent,
Infantumque animueflentes m l/mintprimo. Virg.
me! full forely is my heart forlorn,
In ev'ry village, mark'd with little fpire,
And all in sight doth rife a birchen tree,
But their limbs fliudder'd, and their pulfe beat low,
And ihap'd it into rods, and tingled at the view.
Ne vision empty, vain, his native blifs destroy.
And eyes her fairy throng, and turns her wheel around.
And fury uncontroul'd, and chastifement unkind.