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Nor long shall ye remain. With visage sour
And, arm'd with cruel 'aw's coercive power, Bids me and mine o'er barren mountains roam.
Yet never, Chatham, have I passed a day
In riots' orgies, or in idle ease; Ne'er have I squander'd hours in sport and play,
Nor wish'd a pamper'd appetite to please.
Hard was my fare, and constant was my toil;
Still with the morning's orient light I rose, Fell'd the stout oak or raised the lofty pile,
Parch'd in the sun, in dark December froze.
Is it that Nature with a niggard hand Withholds her gifts from these once-favour*d plains?
Has God, in vengeance to a guilty land,
Sent death and famine to her labouring swains?
Ah no, yon hill, where daily sweats my brow,
Yon field, where late I drove the painful plough,
But what avails, that o'er the furrow'd soil
If artificial want elude my toil,
Untested plenty wound mycraving eyes?
What profits that at distance, I behold
My wealthy neighbour's fragrant smoke ascend,
If still the griping cormorants withhold
If those fell vipers of the public weal
If still the curse of penury we feel,
And in the midst of plenty pine away?
In every port the vessel rides secure,
Which wafts our harvest to a foreign shore;
While we the pangs of pressing want endure,
O generous Chatham, stop those fatal sails,
Once more with outstretch'd arm thy Britons save;
The unheeding crew, but waits for favouring gales,
O stop-them, e'er they stem the Etrurian wave.
So may thy languid limbs with strength be braced,
With fair renown thy public virtue graced,
Then, joy to thee, and to thy children peace
And while they share the cultured land's increase, The Poor shall bless the day when Pitt was born.
Dr. Free was Rector of Runcorn, in Cheshire, and Lecturer of Newington, in Surry. He published a volume of Miscellanies, in 1751.
AN ANSWER TO A POETICAL EPISTLE,
FROM MY FRIF.ND MR. A .
[Who Icing just then married, advised the Author to /cave such solitary Amusements, as engraving verses upon the Rock, and to employ himself better, in looking out a Wife.]
Your good Advice for me design'd.
The thing you know was Matrimony,