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Where , laughing at the storm , rick navies ride ; Not starr ed and spangled courts , Where low-brow'd baseness wafts perfume to pride ; No : —Men , high minded Men , With powers as far above dull brutes endued , In forest , brake , or den , As beasts excel cold rocks and brambles
rude ; Men , who their duties know , But know their rights , and , knowing , dare maintain , Prevent the long-aimed blow , And crush the tyrant while they rend the chain :
These constitute a State , And Sov e reign Law , that State ' s collected Willy O ' er throne * and globes elate Sits Empress , crowning good , repressing ill ; Smit by her sacred frown The fiend Discretion like a vapour sinks *
And e ' en the all-dazzling Crown Hides his faint rays , and at her bidding shrinks . Such was this heav ' n-lov'd isle , Thaa Lesbos fairer and the Cretan shore ; No more shall freedom smile ? Shall Britons languish , and be Men more ?
Since all must life resign , Those sweet rewards , which decorate the brave , 1 Tis folly to decline , And steal inglorious to the silent grave . Abergavennyy March 31 > I 78 I .
An Ode , in Imitation of Alcceus . ( From Sir W . Jones e s Uorks . 4 to . Vol ir . p . 571 )
What constitutes a State ? Not high-rais'd battlement or labourM mound , Thick wall or moated gate ; Not cities proud with spires and turrets crown f d - Wot bays an 4 broad * arm \ i ports ,
To a Flotuer . A lady walking alone one evening" , gathered a spray of Veronica Chemaedrvs , ( Germander , Speedwell ) the wind blew away the only open corolla . —( Is it too fanciful to imagine that the name K £ Speedwell * alludes , to the evanescent beauty of the blossoms , which * fall at the slightest touch ?)
Ah lovely flow ' r ! thine azure eye Full op ' ning to the day , Thine hirsute leaf , th y verdant cynje , Contrast the vyhit ' iung Mar .
Lines to the Memory of Dr . Ashworth . Sir , . Look ng amon ^ some papers formerly in the possession of a much lamented relative , 1 found the following lins to the memoi y of Dr . Ashworth : by whom they were written , I have no means of ascertaining ; yet I venture to hope that
March 14 , 1814 . N . How vain the task to publish ^ worth like thine , Or offer incense at thy sacred shrine ! Oh , Holy Shade ! thy useful life was known , Thy powers of teaching- —talents all thy own .
the appearance of them in your useful miscellany , will not be deemed improper or unseasonable . 1 am , Sir , Yours , < 5 cc .
Stand forth , ye virtuous youth ! His praise declare , Who form'd your minds with such parental care ,
Who shewM you vice—with wrinkled haggard brow , And painted virtue as you find her now ; Taught those great truths , which you with fervour teach ; Taught first to live , then taught you how to preach . Oh , love his mem ' ry and revere bis
name 5 Live to his precepts , —thus prolong his fame—While friendship sheds the silent heartfelt tear , Thinks what he is , —and cannot wish him here -
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 242, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/42/