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Anson, whose ships begirt the globe, we view
Returning with the treasures of Peru;
The world pays tribute to his mental power,
AndPaita's plunderdecks proud London's Tower;
With change of men in pow'r the year we close,
And now the Pulham Ministry arose.

No pleasure were it here to trace 1745.

Rebellion's progress and disgrace,'

Else might we in right mournful verse,

The deeds of men misled rehearse;

And tell how, in the Western Isles,

His followers Prince Charles beguiles;

And from their due allegiance draws

The brave adherents to a cause

Which ruin pluck'd on many a Clan,

Whose crime in honesty began.

Who taking warmth of heart for reason,

From loyalty engendered treason;

Nor do we to pourtray delight

The horrors of Culloden fight,

loss of one ship of the line, and 1000 men killed; our killed and wounded amounted to 400 —An enquiry was afterwards made into the conduct of our admirals, for letting the enemy escape so well, Mathews and some captains were broke, Lestock and the rtst honourably acquitted.


Where victory in blood-stain'd vest,
For ever set the theme to rest *
Again, the state wheel turns about, 1746.
Some Outs come in, and Ins go out.
Our navy, shall I credence gain?
Has loss of honor to sustain ;f
But in the next succeeding year,
Anson and Warren on the sea,+

* The Young Pretender landed in one of the Western Isles, on the 14th of July, and great numbers flocked to his standard,—he soon proclaimed his father at Perth, and got possession of Edinburgh; defeated Sir John Cope, and obtained a complete victory at Preston Panns, where the celebrated colonel Gardener was killed by the scythe of a Highlander; the Young Pretender then proceeded as far as Manchester, where the preparations made to oppose him, and themaic'i of the Duke of Cumberland, occasioned a retreat of the rebel army, which the Duke finally overtook, and entirely subdued on the Plain of Culloden, April the ICth, the soi disant prince with difficulty escaped to France, and left many of his partizans to pay dearly for their attachment to his supposed rights.

t In the East Indies, Commodore Peyton declined engaging the French Admiral de la Bourdonnais, who took Madras; the Spaniards carried their treasures safe to Old Spain;—a "d Commodore Mitchell, who was ordered to intercept a French fleet.from Martinico, suffered it to escape, for which he was tried and broke.— An armament ag.tinst Quebec,under Admirnl Lestock and Gener. 1 Sinclair, sailed too late to effect its purpose, and being then sent to surprise port L'Orient failed also in that attempt.

X Admirals Anson and Warren were victorious over the French fleet, on the 3d of May, taking many ships of the line;—. 46 merchantmen richly laden were captured in June; Admiral Ilawke took 6 ships of the line in October.


And Hawke, a~name to seamen dear,
As was on land brave Ltgonier,*
Reclaim'd the palm of victory;
Nor did our better fortune cease,
'Till, best of all, came smiling Peace. 174.*.

Peace reigns abroad, at home less quiet,
We are disgraced by party riot; 1749.
Which Oxford, Litchfield, Bristol too,
Require coercion to subdue.

Now first in embrio was known

A Colony, since finely grown;

New Scotland they the infant styled,

Now a prodigious thriving child;

Two earthquakes and disease as fell, 1750,

As many a monument may tell,

Alarm'd the land; and, sad to say,

'Twas fates decree to snatch away

The royal Fred'rick, England's heir,* 1751.

Hence George became the nation's future care.

* The bravery and conduct of Sir John Ligonier at the battle nf Val, saved the allied army, altho'himself was taken prisoner while endeavouring to presci ve the Duke of Cumberland.

* His royal highness died on the COth of March, 1751.


Portugal, Sweden, Holland, Denmark, all
Are likewise doom'd to see a sov'reign fall;
Two Kings, two Princes, and a Queen appear
To swell Death's harvest in one little year ;*


Nor less his triumph, Solingbroke, when you Discharge the debt from earth to nature due!

Tosloane a monument of praise, 1753.

Britain's Museum now they raise;

Pelham his place and life resigns, 1754.

Clive, 'er'st unheard of in the nation, Saves India, brightest star that shines,

In our commercial constellation;

While Europe's peace, of short duration,

Begins to tremble at ambitious France; 1755.

And War's destructive imps with savage stride advance.

A dreadful elemental agitation,

Shook Lisbon through it's whole foundation;

In undistinguish'd ruin all

Her palaces, her temples fall:

* The Kings of Portugal and Sweden, the Princes of Wales and Orange, and the Queen of Denmark, daughter of George II.


Her nobles, mingled with their native clay,
In undistinguished heaps by peasants lay.

From us each sad survivor aid receives,

While Britain sympathises and relieves!

Her noble sympathies have long conveyM 1756.

Most sterling comfort to who want her aid.

For which, that Power who nations weighs above,

'Tis our's to hope, will Britain ever love.

Joy of our isle, and terror of it's foes,

Pride of the good, illustrious Chatham rose; •

Fox too, with Pitt, coeval, glorious name,

Surrounded each by well-earn'd deathless fame!

Ah, how shall trivial numbers sing 1757.

The fall of hapless gallant Byng;

Presuming pen! most sure to fail,

Diaw, as the painter did, a veil

O'er manly griefs expressive face, , .

Nor versify the land's disgrace!

War riots through the burning earth, ..

And gives to crime and glory birth;

In varied fall or elevation, ... i.

Sports with each fierce contending nation.

Blest Britain! may thy safe retreat ••'

Ne'er be of fiend-like war the seat;


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