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Men, who their duties know, But know their rights, and, knowing, dare maintain,
Prevent the long-aim'd blow, And crush the tyrant while they rend the chain:
These constitute a State,
O'er thrones and globes elate
Smit by her sacred frown
And e'en the all dazzling Crown
Such was this heaven-loved isle,
No more shall Freedom smile?
Since all must life resign,
'Tis folly to decline,
THE PALACE OF FORTUNE,
AN INDIAN TALE;
Writtenin the Year I7C9.
Mild was the vernal gale, and calm the day,
"Why flow those tresses, if unpraised they flow?
Ye heavens! was that love-breathing bosom made
"To warm dull groves, and cheer the lonely glade i
"Ah, no : those blushes, that enchanting face, "Some tap'stried hall, or gilded bower, might grace;
"Might deck the scenes, where love and pleasure reign,
"And lire with amorous flames the youthful train."
While thus she spoke, a sudden blaze of light Shot through the clouds, and struck her dazzled sight,
She raised her head, astonished, to the skies,
And veil'd with trembling hands her aching eyes;
When through the yielding air she saw from far
A Goddess gliding in her golden car,
That soon descended on the flowery lawn,
By two fair yokes of starry peacocks drawn;
A thousand nymphs with many a sprightly glance
Form'd round the radiant wheels an airy dance,
Celestial shapes, in fluid light array'd;
Like twinkling stars their beamy sandals play'd;
Their lucid mantles glitter'd in the sun,
(Webs half so bright the silk-worm never spun)
Transparent robes, that bore the rainbow's hue, ''
And finer than the nest of pearly dew
That morning spreads o'er every opening flower,
When sportive summer decks his bridal bower.
The Queen herself, too fair for mortal sight,
And by her side in silent slumber laid:
And flew refulgent through the aerial plain;
Our knowlfge of the life of Boswell, grows out of that of the life of Johnson: just as the misletoe branches from the oak.
Prologue at the opening of the Theatre 'Royal Edinburgh; written by James Boswell, Esq. Spoken bif Mr. Ross.
Scotland, for learning, and for arms renown'd,