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Who found among the patriots brave,
Success still hovers o'er the navy,
Per contra, we must now relate,
Nor Arbutiinot, ('tis battles fate,)
Nor Graves, nor Hotham, each as brave
As any he that stems the wave,
Had such good fortune in their fighting, , 1
As those of whom we've just been writing-!
* Rodney, in conjunction with General Vaughan, took the important Dutch settlement of St. Eustatia, with the islands of St. Martin and Saba; a Dutch frigate, 5 sloops of war, and 150 sail of merchantmen;—a Dutch 60 gun ship, and SO sail of merchantmen were taken by Captain Reynold-.—Rodney afterwards took Demerara, Issiquebo, and St. Bartholomew;—Admiral Darby relieved Gibraltar;—Admiral Parker defeated the Dutch, under Zoutman, in a great battle off the Dogger Bank;—and Admiral Kempenfelt beat a French squadron, from which he took 19 sail of transports ;:nd merchantmen laden with ordnance and naval stores.
t Vice Admiral Arbuthnot engaged the French fleet under Monsieur de Ternay, off Virginia, the action was indecisive, and
Mars too, in India, made a sally,
Under the flag of Hyder Ally;
Who, join'd by Fortune, murrain fetch her!
Defeated Baillie and bold Fletcher.*
In seventeen hundred eighty-two, 1782.
The Parliament found much to do;
Each party t'other undermining,
Which ended in Lord North's resigning:
Him scarcely Rockingham in pow'r replaced,
With " royal honors guarded round and graced,"
When Death, who sometimes sides with opposition,
Made room for a new state physician.
the British squadron much damaged —Commodore Hotham, while convoying the St. F.ustatia fleet, was intercepted by M. la Motte Piquet, with seven sail of the line, who captured twenty-one of the merchantmen; and the British fleet under Admiral Graves had an unsuccessful engagement with the French (commanded by M. Du Barias) in the Bay of Chesapeake.
* Hyder Ally in vaded the province of Arcot, surprised a detachment of British who were inarching to its relief, under Colonels Baillie and Fletcher, killed and took 508 of the British including a great number of officers, and 3300 of the native troops in our service.
The work of reconciliation, The latter well pursued the plan,
And met successful termination. The curseof human slaughter 'gins to cease, 1?83.
Old England and America shake hands; All Continental Europe bows to peace, While commerce promises encrease, ,
Where war late drain'd so many luckless lands.
Rodney, to gild the wars conclusion,
Made the foe once more cry peccavi,
And to the dashing Gallic navy
* On the memorable 12thof August, Rodaey beat Degrasse,and took him in the Ville de Paris, with 3 other line of battle ships and
sank one .Seven days afterwards, Sir Samuel Hood took two more
ships of" the line, in which glorious action Captain Blair of the Anson, and Lord Robert Manners who commanded the Resolution, were killed.—About the same time Admiral Barrington took the Pegase of 74 guns, the Actionnaire of 64, and 10 sail of transports. Admiral Howe relieved Gibraltar which Elliot had most nobly defended, and the Spanish batteries were destroyed by the brave Sir Roger Curtis.
Next, to omit it were not good,
** The Muse hei tale shall tell,
"Of those who bravely fell;
"And weave immortal wreaths of fame,
"O'er Blair, and Manners' deathless name,"
To list of heroes add we now
Brave Digby, Barking-ton, and Howe;
Nor must bold Curtis be forgot,
Of whom it was the envied lot,
To deal his indignation hot
On Spanish prows, and with disgrace
To drive them from Gibraltar's base;
Where matchless Elliot cheers his datrrftless band,
Firm as the rock on which the wairriors stand.*
* Our losses at the close of the waTTCere, (he island of Minorca, taken by the Spaniards; St Eustatius, anil VI. Martin's, taken by the French,-*—the Ville de Paris. Glorieux, Hector, Centaur, and ltamillies, foundered at sea ;^the melancholy catastrophe of. Admiral Kempenfelt in the Royal George, is in the sad recoK lection of many.
Coote pays off Hyder, in hard blows,
From wars warm toil allow us breath,
To mourn Prince Alfred's early death ;*
And civic gratitude to praise,
Which bids art's fav'rite vot'ries raise
A monument of veneration,
To Chatham, glory of the nation!
Peace, disapproved by Parliament,
It's makers out of office sent;
Pitt yields to Fox and North who stay
In Coalition scarce a day;
The state wheel turns, and fate thinks fit
Again to smile on William Pitt.
It is not our intent to follow
Each turn of Tn and Out view hollow;
But sometimes in our quiet ride,
Glance en passant at either side.
Strange Meteors fright old men and wives, Amelia's birth delights our King and Queen;
* Prince Alfred died in 178;.