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Say, do her dauntless Patriots feel

The fatal ax, and torturing wheel ?--
O'er her no cruel Tyrant reigns,

No patriot blood her scaffold stains,
'Tis Luxury's insidious hand
Spreading Corruption through the land;

'Tis Indolence whose powers controul

Each nobler purpose of the soul; 'Tis noisy Faction's selfish aim,

Disguis'd beneath thy specious name.

These are the fiends whose fatal rage

In every clime, and every age,
Have overturn'd each noble pile

Rear'd by thy hands with useless toil:
But where in hardship’s rugged school

Mankind haye learn'd themselves to rule,

Pale Slavery there may shake in vain
Her iron rod, and galling chain:

No

No force the fearless foul can bind,

Or bow the unconquerable mind.
Scorn'd is the Tyrant's harsh decree

When inborn Virtue bids be free.

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O’er Nature reigns with pleasing sway,
Whose mild command each gentler breast
Enraptur'd glories to obey :

O give my ravish'd sense to trace

In every form thy polish'd grace,

Whether thy footsteps deign to tread
The level of the enameld mead,

Whether

Whether thou joy'st to haunt the dale,
Or drink the mountain's ambient gale,

Or, with a more ambitious aim,

To animate the human frame,

Bid the bright eye resistless charm,
The snowy bosom swell, or shape the ivory arm.

II.

When at the ETERNAL's dread command

From Chaos rose this fabric fair,

He bade thy ornamenting hand
O’er all creation spread it's care.

By thee was Earth's maternal breast

Involv'd in verdure's radiant veft,

Heaven's spacious arch thy tints embuc

With the deep azure's dazzling hue,
O'er the bleak hill thy order bade
The forest spread luxuriant shade,

Thy

Thy fingers through the irriguous mead

The river's shining current lead

Till it's increasing waters gain

The unconfin'd expanse of Ocean's vast domain.

III.

Glows not a shrub with vivid bloom

Mid the recesses of the vale;

Sheds not a flower it's rich perfume
To scent the pinions of the gale;
Waves not a beech it's leafy bough

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