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And next, with most unwilling strain,

We sing of war proclaim'd with Spain.

A sail appears,—a flag of truce 1805.

From France, which proves of little use;

Our answer, surely just and wise,

Refused to treat without allies.

Two ships from Spain Sir Robert Calder wins:

And now the Muse's hardest task begins;

Nelson, thy sacred name, thy matchless worth,

Which might the fire of Phoebus self call forth,

Leave me o'erpower'd,—else shou'd the unequal lay

Soar boldly to that blaze of endless day,
Which, emanating from thy great renown,
With dazzling glory gilds thy naval i rown!
Nelson, revolving mighty deeds gone by,
Favor'd with hopes of future victory,
Greatly impatient for the coming fight,
Began at length to droop; prophetic sight
Of something like the glorious day
Which memorized Trafalgar bay,
Floated before the hero's wishful eye;
Yet would the grateful vision call a sigh,
As if, unconsciously, the warrior's mind
His all lamented envied fate divined.

At At hope deferr'd while Nelson sicken'd,

Still hope renew'd, his ardor quicken'd:

At length his comprehensive brain

Suggested certain means to gain

His heart's desire—the wary chief

Lulls his opposers to belief,*

That, weary of the fond pursuit,

Despairing to enjoy the fruit

Of ceaseless watching day and night,

Retiring, he declined the fight.

Little they fathom'd that capacious soul,

Which heav'n foredoom'd from pole to pole

Shou'd spread the fame of British tars

Beyond the praise of former wars

• To lure the enemy from port, the gallant Admiral kept his fleet out of sight, but established a chain of communication by frigates. Admiral Villeneuve at length ventured out, with 33 sail of the line, 7 frigates, and 8 corvettes, and sustained a most memorable discomfiture from a British fleet of only 26 sail of the line, with a proportionate number of frigates.

t Nineteen ships of the line and three flag officers were taken by the British: our ever-regretted Admiral fell by a musquet ball in the middle of the action ; a public funeral was decreed his remains; his biother created a Viscount and Earl of the United Kingdoms, and suitable estates purchased for the support of that dignity; Jcsooo per annum was voted to Lady Nelson; Admiral Collingwood was elevated to the Peerage, with a pension of X2000; and an ample contribution was raised for those who were wounded in the action, and for the surviving relatives of those who had fallen.

Tho The cautious foe first scans the vacant wave,

So soon to be of slaughter'd hosts the grave,

Conceives, at length, he fearless may appear,

Nor dreams of Nelson's genius hov'ring near.

The naval boast of our most happy isle,

Welcomed th' astonish'd squadrons with a smile;

"they're Mine," he cried,— along the awful line,

Fate answer'd him in thunder, "they Are Thine!"

But first the patriot signal proudly flew,

"england Expects His Duty Each Will Do."

And did they I Witness for them, bounteous heaven,

If ever signal more appropriate given
Could better be obeyed.—" Now," loudly cried
The British chief, "quick place me by the side
"Of an oft met opponent, man to man!"
The helmsman answered; the dread fray began,
And Trinidaila's decks in purple torrents run.
Well did they fight, 'ere Nelson's setting sun
Its golden radiance proudly shed
Around the laurel'd chieftain's head;
Round liis, who with his latest sigh
Bless'd the great God of Victory;


And, in his last expiring prayer,
His country was the hero's care.


Who shall describe what Britain felt,

In grateful sorrow while she knelt,

Grateful for laurels proudly won,

Convuls'd with sorrow for her son;

And mark! to shed the patriot tear

O'er him whose victory cost so dear:

Behold a mighty nation throng,

And see the sad procession slowly moves along;

To paint it, wou'd it were my lot

To hold the pen of Wizard Scott,

So might I sing each plaided chief

Who led the pomp of that day's grief;

Of solemn dirges might I tell,

Which on the ear lugubrious swell;

While tristful pipers fling around

The coronach's impressive sound,

And fancy's whispering minstrelsy,

Recals the Bards "Och Hone a Hie !"*

* Vide the Poem of Gler.finlass, in the Minstrelsy of the S;ctti li border.

So So might T sing each gallant band,

Defenders of our envied land,

Who erst in many a well-fought field

Had forc'd the Gallic standard yield;

And now in battle's dread array,*

Add awful lustre to the day.

Next, speaking closely to the heart,

What pleasure might the Muse impart

If those she sung, the gallant brave,

Who on the late impurplcd wave

Had shared the dangers of that day,

Which snatch'd our naval hope away.

The sons of Albion, with revering eye,

Beheld the mild, yet daring, host pass by,

Whose iron sinews to its destin'd aim

Had dragg'd each mouth which dealt the dreadful flame

Of Britain's indignation.—I have said
Whose iron sinews, but whose manly hearts,
The battle over, soft as infant love,
Wept, with no common tears, their father slain.
Much had the " pomp and circumstance of war"
Jmprcss'd the gazing thousands, and the bands
Of England's champions who, with martial step,

* The whole Procession of Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery, marched in Order of battle.


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