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Nor can the prison 'scape your searching eye,
Your ear still opening to the captive's cry.
Nor less was promis’d from thy early skill, 45
Ere power enforc'd benevolence of will!
To friends refin'd, thy private life adherd,
By thee improving, ere by thee preferid.
Well hadst thou weigh'd what truth such friends afford,
With thee resigning, and with thee restor’d. 50
Thou taught'st them all extensive love to bear,
And now mankind with thee their friendships share.

As the rich cloud by due degrees expands,
And showers down plenty thick on sundry lands,
Thy spreading worth in various bounty fell, 55
Made genius flourish, and made art excel.

How many, yet deceiv’d, all power oppose ? Their fears increasing, as decrease their woes; Jealous of bondage, while they freedom gain, And most oblig'd, most eager to complain.

60 But well we count our bliss, if weil we view, When power oppression, not protection grew; View present ills that punish distant climes; Or bleed in memory here from ancient times.

Mark first the robe abus'd Religion wore, Story'd with griefs, and stain’d with human gore! What various tortures, engines, fires, reveal, Study'd, empower'd, and fanctify'd by zeal ?

Stop here, my Muse!-Peculiar woes descry! Bid them in sad succession strike thy eye!

70 Lo, to her eye the sad succession springs ! She looks, she weeps, and, as she weeps, she fings.




See the doom'd Hebrew of his stores bereft!
See holy murder justify the theft!
His ravag'd gold some useless fhrine shall raise,

His gems on superstitious idols blaze!
His wife, his babe, deny'd their little home,
Stripp’d, ftarv’d, unfriended, and unpity'd roam.

Lc, the Priest's hand the Wafer-God supplies A King by consecrated poison dies !

80 See Learning range yon broad æthereal plain, From world to world, and god-like Science gain! Ah! what avails the curious search sustain'd, The finish'd toil, the god-like Science gain’d? Sentenc'd to flames th’expansive wisdom fell, And truth from heaven was sorcery from hell.

See Reason bid each mystic wile retire, Strike out new light! and mark !--the wise adınire ! Zeal shall such herefy, like Learning, hate; The same their glory, and the fame their fate.

Lo, from sought mercy, one his life receives ! Life, worse than death, that cruel mercy gives : The man, perchance, who wealth and honours bore, Slaves in the mine, or ceaseless Atrains the oar. So doom'd are these, and such perhaps, our doom, 95. Own'd we a Prince, avert it heaven! from Rome.

Nor private worth alone false Zeal affails; Whole nations bleed when bigotry prevails. What are sworn friendships ? What are kindred ties? What's faith with heresy? (the zealot cries.) See, when war sinks, the thundering cannon's roar; When wounds, and death, and discord are no more;





When music bids undreading joys advance,
Swell the soft bour, and turn the swimming dance:
When, to crown these, the social sparkling bowl 105
Lifts the cheer'd sense, and pours out all the soul;
Sudden he sends red massacre abroad;
Faithless to man, to prove his faith to God.
What pure persuasive eloquence denies,
All-drunk with blood, the arguing sword supplies; 116
The sword, which to th'assassin's hand is given !
Th’assassin's hand!--pronounc'd the hand of heaven!
Sex bleeds with sex, and infancy with age;
No rank, no place, no virtue, stops his rage ;
Shall sword, and fiame, and devastation cease,
To please with zeal, wild zeal! the God of Peace ?

Nor less abuse has scourg'd the civil state,
When a King's will became a nation's fate.
Enormous power! Nor noble, nor serene;
Now fierce and cruel; now but wild and mean.
See titles fold, to raise th’unjust supply!
Compellid the purchase ! or be fin d, or buy!
No public spirit, guarded well by laws,
Uncensur'd censures in his country's cause.
See from the merchant forc'd th’unwilling loan! 125
Who dares deny, or deem his wealth his own?
Denying, fee! where dungeon-damps arise,
Diseas'd he pines, and unaffifted dies.
Far more than massacre that fate accurft! ..
As of all deaths the lingering is the worst.

130 New courts of censure griev'd with new offence, Tax'd without power, and fin’d without pretence,


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Explain’d, at will, each statute's wrested aim,
Till marks of merit were the marks of shame ;
So monstrous ! - Life was the leverest grief,

135 And the worst death seem'd welcome for r lief.

In vain the subject sought redreis from law,
No fenate liv’d the partial judge to awe :
Senates were void, and lenators confin'd
For the great cause of Nature and Minkind; 140
Who kings superior to the people own;

prove the law superior to the throne.
Who can review without a generous tear,
A Church, a State, so impious, so severe;
A land uncultur'd through polemic jars,

Rich !--but with carnage from intestine wars ;
The hand of Industry employ'd no more,
And Commerce flying to some fafer shore;
All Property reduc’d, to Power a prey,
And Sense and Learning chac'd by Zeal away? 150
Who honours not each dear departed ghost,
That strove for Liberty so won, lo lott :
So well regain'd when god-like William rose,
And first entail'd the blessing George bestows ?
May Walpole fill the growing triumph raise, 155
And bid these emulate Eliza's days ;
Suill serve a Prince, who, o'er his people great,
As far transcends in virtue, as in stare !

The Muse pursues thee to thy rural seat;
Ev’n there shall Liberty inspire retreat.

When solemn cares in flowing wit are drown'd,
And sportive chat and social laughs go round :

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Ev’n then, when pausing mirth begins to fail,
The converse varies to the serious tale.
The tale pathetic speaks some wretch that owes 165
To fome deficient law reliefless woes.
What instant pity warms thy generous breast !
How all the legillator ftands confess'd !
Now Springs the hint ! 'tis now improv'd to thought !
Now ripe ! and now to public welfare brought! 170
New bills, which regulating means bestow,
Justice preserve, yet softening mercy know :
Justice shall low vexatious wiles decline,
And ftill thrive most, when lawyers most repine,
Justice from jargon shall refin'd appear,

To knowledge through our native language clear.
Hence we may learn, no more deceiv'J by law,
Whence wealth and life their best affurance draw.

The freed Insolvent, with industrious hand, Suives yet to satisfy the just demand :

180 Thus ruthless men, who would his powers restrain, Oft what severity would lose obtain. These, and a thousand gifts, thy thought acquires, Which Liberty benevolent infpires. From Liberty the fruits of law increase,

185 Plenty, and joy, and all the arts of peace. Abroad the merchant, while the tempests rave, Adventurous fails, nor fears the wind and wave ; At home untir'd we find th' auspicious hand With flocks,and herds, and harvests, bless the land : 190 While there, the peasant glads the grateful foil, Here mark the shipwright, there the mason toil,


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