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Who has assign’d to us, far other force

Than physical—that is but blood and bone ;
A never failing vantage and resource,
Which keeps us ever foremost in the course !


"Tis Intellectual Rule! which has its spring

Amidst a people, energetic, wise ;
A Government so plann'd, that e’en a King,

Had he the will, may not the law despise,

Like he of old, who fell a sacrifice.-
O'er horrors lately acted, let us throw

A veil of mercy-blame, contrition, sighs,
Poor exild Prince ! are all that thou must know-

England's greatness.

A sad exchange for power, and pomp, and show!


But there is cause for causes—highly stor’d ;

A strangely link'd interminable chain,

1 « C'est dans ce noble pays, que la force morale est tante puissante.


Till we to the great source of all have soar'd,

Where that Immortal Being wills to reign,

Who whate'er was, or will be, did ordain !
Since reasoning's given to man--by Heaven allow'd-

How comes it, mighty Britain, you maintain
That high dominion ? Whence, by all avow'd,
This lofty sentiment which makes thee proud ?


Crossing the breed.

It has been said and I believe it too

That man, like other creatures, is improv'd
By crossing-we all know what horses do.

Suppose, then, every doubt of this remov'd,

(If they are not, I'm sure they well behov'd)-
Suppose the Celtic race, who erst did dwell

In this dear Isle-God knows, 'tis dearly lov'd !-
Were much like others. Pray, then, who can tell
What changes may have sprung through those who fell

C'est à elle que l'Angleterre doit ses belles et hautes destinées auxquelles nous ne voyons point de terme.”_Des Destinées futures de l'Europe,

p. 265.


Upon them, poor and painted, in those days;

Lur'd hither by their smiling lawns and meads ? Mayhap in concert with the Noreland Fays,

Who, as old legends tell, work'd wond’rous deeds ;

And could by elfin magic sow such seeds,
As grew at length to war and frightful ill:-

What first brought Cæsar here, he knows who reads,
And well may judge of his unrivallod skill:
Yet was he almost foild by Cassivell ?.


Romans con

quer and ci.


And later Roman reigns sent bolder bands,

Which, once victorious—such their polity-
Thought but to meliorate the captur'd lands,

And, with the vanquish’d, live in amity.
Yes! good Agricola ?, it is to thee

1 Cæsar invaded Britain B. C. 55 years, and fought several battles with Cassivelaunus, the then leader of the ancient Britons.

1 Agricola was appointed by Vespasian to the government of Britain.

We owe the dawnings of our useful arts.

It cost you dear to make Galgacus 1 flee:
That once achiev'd, thou gav'st thy best of hearts
To civilize-and so thy name imparts.


By Romans conquer'd, and by Romans left,

If not a fiercer, yet a wiser nation ;
The Britons, soon had been by Picts bereft

Of all—had fled with shame and perturbation,

Had they not sued, with grief and lamentation,
For Saxon succour.-Soon brave Hengist came,

And Horsa too; and their dread emigration;
Dauntless the Picts and Scots they first would tame;
Then, spite of Arthur, claim'd the diadem.


A. D. 78. Having by his courage and conduct overcome all opposition to the Roman power, he did much, by his lenity and good sense, to habituate the natives to the arts of civilized life ; instructing them how to build temples, courts of justice, &c. &c., and even giving them a relish for the Roman language.-Tacit. Agricol. 21.

i Galgacus commanded the Britons in the desperate battle which they fought at Fortingall, when they were defeated by the Romans under Agricola.

2 It is singular how much obscurity still remains with regard to the LXXV.

Well did they prize the clime, the fertile fields,

Which they would call their own; nor was it strange, Since certes far more precious than those wealds

They'd left behind, where savages might range ;

But, politic as brave, and seeking change,
Or rather power, dominion, monarchy,

They woo'd the Angles, fearful of revenge,
And with them, once secure from anarchy,
They leagued, and form’d the Saxon Heptarchy.



The hour drew nigh, when Britain first heard preach'd

A SAVIOUR !--thanks to that good Kentish Queen,

Christianity introduced into England.

origin of this distinguished prince, some making him out to be the son of King Ambrosius, others his nephew ; while there are those who affirm that he was a Cornish prince, and son of Gurlois, King of that Province; one thing certain is, that he was a commander of great valour and enterprise.

1 It is supposed to have been in a great measure owing to the religious zeal of Queen Bertha, wife of Ethelbert, King of England, and daughter of Caribert, King of Paris, that Augustine was first sent by Pope Gregory the Great, to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity.

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