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God is in heaven, and men below;
Tibi silet laus, o Deus. Psalm lxv, 1.
VIRTUE, HONOUR, AND FRIENDSHIP.
TO HER MAJESTY.
Queen of the Northern world, whose gentle sway,
The German eagle feels her guardian dead,
Thy beamy wing at once defends and warms
mindt Feels its own fire, and kindles, unconfin’d, With bolder hopes: yet still beyond our vows, Thy lovely glories rise, thy spreading terror grows.
* The Established Church of England.
The Protestant Dissenters,
Princess! the world already owns thy name : Go, mount the chariot of immortal fame, Nor die to be renown'd; Fame's loudest breath Too dear is purchas'd by an angel's death. The vengeance of thy rod, with general joy, Shall scourge rebellion and the rival boy :* Thy sounding arms his Gallic patron hears, And speeds his flight; nor overtakes his fears, Till hard despair wring from the tyrant's soul The iron tears out. Let thy frown control Our angry jars at home, till wrath submit Her impious banners to thy sacred feet. Mad zeal and frenzy, with their murderous train, Flee these sweet realms in thine auspicious reign, Envy expire in rage, and Treason bite the chain..
Let no black scenes affright fair Albion's stage: Thy thread of life prolong our golden age, Long bless the earth, and late ascend thy throne Ethereal; (not thy deeds are there unknown, Nor there unsung; for, by thine awful hands, Heaven rules the waves, and thunders o'er the lands, Creates inferior kings,t and gives them their comLegions attend thee at the radiant gates; (mands), For thee thy sister-seraph, blest Maria, waits.'
But oh! the parting stroke! some heavenly power Cheer thy sad Britons in the gloomy hour; Some new propitious star appear on high, The fairest glory of the western sky, And Anna be its name; with gentle sway, To check the planets of malignant ray,
* The Pretender.
+ She made Charles, the Emperor's second son, King of Spain, who was afterwards Emperor of Germany.