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When a Third George, our Parent King was
Born for each virtue, piety wou'd preach,
Of Spain dissatisfied once more we tell,
On England's triumphs too the Muse might dwell,
And sing how Vernon* fought, and Porto Bello fell;
And more of gallant deeds wou'd she presume
To tell, but that she's rather pinch'd for room.
One stately dome for civic pomp and joy,
And one to shield the orphan girl or boy,
Who, early doom'd adversity to know,
Finds shelter for "the houseless child of woe
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• Admiral Vernon took Porto Bello with onl/ six ships of the line. Admkal Iladdc.k also took a Spanish Register ship,
worth £ 120,000.
Majestic Majestic rise, and rising add new fame
To London's beauty and each founder's name.*
Now frost-bound Thames " a curious scene discloses,
On it they roast an ox, and toast their noses.
To Germany was Princess Mary carried, 1740.
Yet was the war in Parliament much blamed,
• Micajah Perry, Esq. the then Lord Mayor, laid the first stone of the Mansion House; and the Charter for instituting the Foundling Hospital was obtained by Captain Coram. Westminster and Blackfriars Bridget were also built in this reign.
With ministerial rage, and no less hate
Wa Lpole, whose pow'r and interest declines,
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* Sir Robert Walpole made a very remarkable speech in one of these debates, part or which ran thusGentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism; a venerable. word, sir, when duly practised. But I am sorry, sir, to say, that of late it has been so much hackneyed about, that it is in danger of falling info disgrace. The' very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has bten prostituted to the very worst of purposes. A patriot! sir! why patriots spring up like mushroons! I could raise fifty of them within the four-and-twenty hours. I have raised many of them, sir, in one night, it is but refusing to gratify an unreasonable or an insolent demand, and up starts a patriot, I ha.ye never been afraid of making patriots, sir, but I disdain and despise all they can do!''
t He was, on his resignation, created Earl of Orford,
Calls for impeachment,) but with placid Smile,
Our British boys, led on by gallant Stair,
Orford's impeachment, long expected,
Again proposed, is once again rejected.
The King concludes the sessions 'ere he goes
To take the field in person 'gainst his foes;
* The Duke of Argyle was particularly hostile to the lats Minister, and,on Mr.Pulteney's advising moderation, threw up all his employments, while the people exclaimed the nation was betrayed by screening the Earl of Orford.
t The King and the Duke of Cumberland fought with the greatest bravery in posts of most imminent danger,—the latter received a wound in the leg.
Compels Compels the Gallic chief to sound retreat,* While France laments her chosen son's defeat; And George, in council sage as brave in field, Sees Princes to his able guidance yield.
Tbreaten'd invasion her red standard rears,
And Roquefeuilles navy on the wave appears;
Him Norris baffled,—many blame the knight,
Who did not capture those he put to flight. |
Matthews and Lestock with Old Rowley join'd,
Attack the French and Spanish fleets combined;
Hard was the contest, till receding day
Fled, with our batter'd enemies, away.
There Hawke fought bravely, gallant CornWall fell,
And more was done than we have space to tell.+
* Marshal Noailles likewise behaved well, but at length sounded a retreat, after loosing 6000 men and many officers;—the loss of the allies was 2,500 and 2 officers.
t Sir John Norris, whose superior force drove back the invading fleet, on board of which was the Pretender's son, was charged with want of spirit in not effecting more.
t On the 11th of February the combined French and Spanish Fleets resolved to fight their way from Toulon, where they were blocked up by Admiral Mathews. Our fleet was vastly inferior at to number, and the enemy escaped under cover of the night, with tie