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And penal threats terrific, rais'd to hope
The rising glories of that wondrous dawn, Quick’ning the languid world, sing raptured muse; When crown'd with joy, the destin'd victim slain For Adam's laps'd descendants, loos'd the bands Of vanquish'd death; and clad with trophies, rais'd Himself omnipotent; who first gave life To all created beings, happiest pledge
Of life immortal !-then, the cheering sound Of grace divine, sweet liberty and peace Proclaim’d, with front serenely calm, to those Of credence firm, whose grateful minds should bow Obsequious to his mild commands. The dear Associates of his spotless life, inspir'd With holy fervor, and superpal gifts Descending unallay'd, the sacred charge Important, with pure minds, like his, obey'd. Then, tell the drowsy and unthinking race Of mortals indolent, with joy serene, And awful rev'rence, how the Lord of Might, "The blest Immanuel, cloath'd with human form, And the deep prints of glorious wounds, led on His banner'd worthies, first and liveliest draught Of his great body mystic, to that mount, Emblem of peace, and seat of sweet recess! Oft to devotion sacred; honor'd now With bis ascent ethereal : having shown Endearing proofs of sympathetic care Incessant, and his sure return, with awe Majestic; till their eyes beheld him soar In beams of light, to that eternal source of pristine glory, infinite; enjoy'd Before the worlds were form’d, or bounded space Of time began. Cherubic legions haste To meet, with joyful shouts, their head supreme, Shiping with conquests new. Triumphant there, His church, from warfare freed, in hymns sublime Harmonious laud their victor God and King.
Now peace, heaven's fairest off-spring, clad with robes Of bright effulgence, pure, on beamy wings Descending, sounds her silver trump; rejoic'd
To bless, with lovely scenes of op'ning bliss,
* Andate had special honours paid her, as their Goddess of Victory.
Inherent, or diffus'd. “ Be this my care “ Peculiar, and incessant. Here, implor'd, “ My blessings shall descend; till circling time “ Yields to immense and undivided space. “ Religion, beauteous in her native charms, “ Shall flourish here, conform to sacred rule “ Primæval; and exalt her awful head “ Unmov'd: whilst pious vows salute the skies “ With odour grateful. Here, a scepter'd stem “ Prolific as the fruitful vine; shall spread “ Its rising branches, with exhaustless store, “ Thro' distant ages, yet unborn; and grace « The imperial diadem, from rival threats “ Invasive, or domestic foes, secure “ In my tuition, and the flagrant zeal • Of Briton's liege. When death's uplifted hand “ Shall strike resistless, the surprising chasm, “ Self-sanable, shall close; and healing balm “ Spring from the dolorous wound. With loyal pride “ And blooming joys revird, the happy realms “ Shall cease to grieve; and date their flowing hopes “ From a new-rising san; whose gentle rays * Shall cheer and warm the inferior orbs : whilst peace, 66 Paternal love, and undissembld truth “ In silver streams flow from his gracious lips. “ Celestial smiles propitious, firm resolves, “ Unvaried conduct, and supernal skill “ Shall guide his counsels, and assist his hands. “ From baleful discord free, one common thought • Each breast inspiring, shall unite the voice « Of senates faithful. The presiding guides “ Shall sacred altars, both defend and warm $$ With god-like flame, beneficent; display'd
• In charity, unbounded as the mind “ Of him, who came, not to destroy, but heal • The wounds of mortal race, with cheering beams “ Of peace and love. Here, piety shall shine, “ Energ'd from error's dark’ning clouds ; and chase “ To gloomy Tartarus, th' envenom'd blast “ Of daring miscreants faithless. Harden'd seet! “ Who snarl, indignant, at the guiding hand “ Of bounteous heav'n extended ! Next, in place, “ To my eternal edicts pure, a pile, " Of salutary laws, iņ volumes fair, “ Nor dusty, nor unsearch’d,--the high bequest “ Of venerable sages skill'd!_shall bound “ Desporic pow'r; and poise, in balance, rights “ Reciprocal: majestic lustre shine “ With awful sweetness, and endearing charms : “ Not terrible; but o'er the subject spread “ Its guardian wings protecting. Statutes, priz’d “ And envied by the distant world, wbich screen • The humble cottage, and defend the throne!"Rule and obedience, sweetly temper'd, smooth Each furrow'd brow. No anxious thought invades The pensive breast: since hear'n, in nice extremes To timely succour prone, has more than paid The blessing snatch'd away; and seeming loss To real advantage chang'd. Tho' now he has reach'd A crown more radiant, free from wasting cares ; 'Tis an accession to his blissful state, To see Britannia, for whose ancient rights Unwearied toils he had so oft sustain'd, Still happy in a successor like him. So when the chosen race, their wand'ring steps For proof had pass’d; and reach'd that fluid mound,