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FOR THE NEW-YEAR.

Yet shall glooms oppress the mind,

Happy the land, to whom 't is given So oft by sage experience taught

T' enjoy that choicest boon of Heaven, To feel its present views confin'd,

Where, bound in one illustrious chain,
And to the future point th' aspiring thought ? The monarch aud the people reign!

All that fades again shall live,
Nature dies but to revive.

Hence is Britannia's weal maintain'd;

Hence are the rights his fathers gain'd Yon Sun, who sails in southern skies,

To every free-born subject known: And faintly gilds th' horizon's bound,

Hence to the throne, in songs of praise, Shall northward still, and northward rise,

A grateful realm its tribute pays,
With beams of warmth and splendour crown'd; And hails the king, whose birth-day is its own.
Shall wake the slumbering, buried grain

From the cold Earth's relenting breast,
And Britain's isle shall bloom again
In all its wonted verdure drest.

ODE XXVII.
Britain, to whom kind Heaven's indulgent care

1774. Has fix'd in temperate climes its stated goal, Far from the burning zone's inclement air,

« Pass but a few short fleeting years," Far from th'eternal frosts which bind the pole. Imperial Xerxes sigh'd and said, Here dewy spring exerts his genial powers ;

Whilst his fond eye, suffus'd with tears, Here summer glows salubrious, not severe;

His numerous hosts survey'd; Here copious autumn spreads his golden stores,

" Pass but a few short fleeting years, And winter strengthens the returning year.

And all that pomp, which now appears

A glorious living scene,
O with each blessing may it rise,

Shall breathe its last; shall fall, shall die,
Which Heaven can give, or mortals bear! Aud low in Eartb yon myriads lie
May each wing'd moment, as it flies,

As they had never been !"
Improve a joy, or ease a care;

True, tyrant: wherefore then does pride,
Till Britain's grateful heart astonish'd bends And vain ambition, urge thy mind
To that Almighty Power from whom all good de- To spread thy needless conquests wide,
scends.

And desolate mankind?
Say, why do millions bleed at thy command ?

If life, alas ! is short, why shake the hasty sand?
ODE XXVI.

Not so do Britain's kings behold

Their floating bulwarks of the main FOR HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DAY, JUNE 4, 1773. Their undulating sails unfold,

And gather all the winds aerial reign. Borx for millions are the kings

Myriads they see, prepar'd to brave Who sit on Britain's guarded throne:

The loudest storm, the wildest wave, From delegated power their glory springs,

To hurl just thunders on insulting foes, Their birth-day is our own!

To guard, and not invade, the world's repose.

Myriads they see, their country's dear delight, In impious pomp let tyrants shine,

Their country's dear defence, and glory in the sight! Assuming attributes divine,

Nor do they idly drop a tear And stretch their unresisted sway

On fated Nature's future bier ; Q'er slaves, who tremble, and obey.

For not the grave can damp Britannia's fires; On lawless pinions let them soar:

Though chang'd the men, the worth is still the Far happier he, whose temperate power,

The sons will emulate their sires,

(same; Acknowledg'd, and avow'd,

And the sons' sons will catch the glorious fame!
Ev'n on the throne restriction knows;
And to those laws implicit bows
By which it rules the crowd.

ODE XXVIII.
When erst th' imperial pride of Rome
Exulting saw a world o'ercome,

FOR HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DAY, JUNE 4, 1774.
And rais'd a mortal to the skies,
There were, 't is true, with eagle eyes

HARK !-or does the Muse's ear Who view'd the dazzling scene.

Form the sounds she longs to hear? Though incense blaz'd on flattery's shrine, Hark! from yonder western main Great Titus and the greater Antonine

O'er the white wave echoing far, Felt, and confess'd they were but men.

Vows of duty swell the strain,

And drown the notes of war. But ah! how few, let History speak

The prodigal again returns, With weeping eye, and blushing cheek,

And on his parent's neck reclines; E'er reach'd their mighty mind!

With honest shame his bosom burns, Man, selfish man, in most prevail'd,

And in his eye affection shines; And power roll'd down a curse, entailid

Shines through tears, at once that prove On reason and mankind.

Grief, and joy, and filial love,

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Discord, stop that raven voice,
Lest the nations round rejoice.

ODE XXX.
Tell it not on Gallia's plain,

1776. Tell it not on Ebro's stream, Though but transient be the pain,

On the white rocks which guard her coast, Like to some delusive dream:

Observant of the parting day, For soon shall reason, calm, and sage,

Whose orb was half in ocean lost, Detect each vile seducer's wiles,

Reclin'd Britannia lay. Shall soothe to peace mistaken rage,

Wide o'er the wat'ry waste And all be harmony and smiles;

A pensive look she cast ; Smiles repentant, such as prove

And scarce could check the rising sigh, [ber eye. Grief, and joy, and filial love.

And scarce could stop the tear which trembled in O prophetic be the Muse !

“ Sheathe, sheathe the sword which thirsts for May her monitory flame

blood," Wake the soul to noble views,

She cried, “ deceiv'd, mistaken men ! And point the path to genuine fame!

Nor let your parent, o'er the flood, Just subjection, mild commands,

Send forth her voice in vain ! Mutual interest, mutual love,

Alas! no tyrant she, Form indissoluble bands,

She courts you to be free: Like the golden chain of Jove.

Submissive hear her soft command, Closely may they all unite!

Nor force unwilling vengeance from a parent's hand." And see, a gleam of lustre breaks

Hear her, ye wise, to duty true, From the shades of envious night

And teach the rest to feel, And hark, 't is more than fancy speaks

Nor let the madness of a few They bow, they yield, they join the chural lay,

Distress the public weal!
And hail with us our monarch's natal day.

So shall the opening year assume,
Time's fairest child, a happier bloom ;
The white-wing'd hours shall lightly move,

The Sun with added lustre shine!

“ To err is human.”—Let us prove ODE XXIX.

“ Forgiveness is divine! FOR HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DAY, JUNE 4, 1775.

Yg powers, who rule o'er states and kings,
Who shield with sublunary wings

Man's erring race from woe,
To Britain's sons in every clime
Your blessings waft, whate'er their crime,

On all the winds that blow!

ODE XXXI".
FOR HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DAY, JUNE 4, 1776.

Beyond the vast Atlantic tide
Extend your healing influence wide,

Where millions claim your care:
Inspire each just, each filial thought,
And let the nations round be taught

The British oak is there.

Ye western gales, whose genial breath
Unbinds the glebe, till all beneath

One verdant livery wears :
You soothe the sultry heats of noon,
Add softness to the setting Sun,

And dry the morning's tears.

Though vaguely wild its branches spread,
And rear almost an alien head

Wide-waving o'er the plain,
Let still, unspoil'd by foreign earth,
And conscious of its nobler birth,

The untainted trunk remaju.

Where mutual interest binds the band,
Where due subjection, mild command,

Ensure perpetual ease,
Shall jarring tunults madly rave,
And hostile banners proudly wave

O'er once united seas?

1 To this ode Mr. Mason has prefixed the fol. lowing advertisement, which, however, has not prevented us, as the reader will perceive, from inserting the regular series of all Mr. Whitehead's new-year and birth-day odes, both previous and subsequent to it.

“ In the Collection of Poems which Mr. Whitehead printed in 1774, he thought proper to select certain of his new-year and birth-day odes for re-publication. Beginning, therefore, from that date, I have reviewed, with the assistance of some friends, whose taste in lyric composition I could depend on, all that he wrote afterwards, and those which we best approved are here inserted. In this review it is to be noted, to the poet's honour, that we found more variety of sentiment and expression, than could well be expected from such an uniformity of subject. If we lamented the necessity he was under, of so frequently adverting to the war with America, we generally admired his delicate manner of treating it. Should, therefore, the odes here reprinted lead any person to read all that he composed, in compliance with the forms of his

No; midst the blaze of wrath divine
Heaven's loveliest attribute shall shine,

And mercy gild the ray;
Shall still avert impending fate;
And concord its best era date

From this auspicious day.

This is your season, lovely gales,

United, let us all those blessings find, Through ether now your power prevails;

The God of Nature meant mankind, And our dilated breasts shall own

Whate'er of errour, ill redrest; The joys which flow from you alone.

Whate'er of passion, ill represt;

Whate'er the wicked have conceiv'd, Why, therefore, in yon dubious sky,

And folly's heedless sons believ'd, With outspread wing, and eager eye

Let all lie buried in oblivion's flood, On distant scenes intent,

And our great cement be,—the public good.
“ Sits Expectation in the air”-
Why do alternate hope and fear

Suspend some great event?
Can Britain fail?—The thought were vain!

ODE XXXIII.
The powerful empress of the main

FOR HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DAY, JUNE 4, 1777. But strives to smooth th' upruly flood, And dreads a conquest stain'd with blood.

DRIVEN out from Heaven's ethereal domes,

On Earth insatiate Discord roams, While yet, ye winds, your breezy balm

And spreads her baleful influence far: Through Nature spreads a general calm,

On wretched man her scorpion stings While yet a pause fell Discord knows;

Around th' insidious fury flings, Catch the soft moment of repose,

Corroding every bliss, and sharp’ning every care. Your genuine powers exert; To pity melt th' obdurate mind,

Hence, demon, hence! in tenfold night Teach every bosom to be kind,

Thy Stygian spells employ, And humanize the heart.

Nor with thy presence blast the light

Of that auspicious day, which Britain gives to joy. Propitious gales, O wing your way! And whilst we hail that rightful sway

But come, thou softer deity, Whence temper'd freedom springs,

Fairest Unanimity! The bliss we feel, to future times

Not more fair the star that leads Extend, and from your native climes

Bright Aurora's glowing steeds,
Bring peace upon your wings !-

Or on Hesper's front that shines,
When the garish day declines;
Bring thy usual train along,

Festive Dance, and choral Song,
ODE XXXII.

Loose-rob'd Sport, from folly free,
FOR THE NEW-YEAR. 1777.

And Mirth, chastis'd by decency.
Again imperial Winter's sway

Enough of war the pensive Muse has sung, Bids the earth and air obey ;

Enough of slaughter trembled on her tongue; Throws o'er yon hostile lakes his icy bar,

Fairer prospects let her bring And, for a while, suspends the rage of war.

Than hostile fields and scenes of blood; O may it ne'er revive! _Ye wise,

If happier hours are on the wing, Ye just, ye virtuous, and ye brave,

Wherefore damp the coming good? Leave fell contention to the sons of vice,

If again our tears must flow, And join your powers to save!

Why forestall the future woe?

Bright-ey'd Hope, thy pleasing power Enough of slaughter have ye known,

Gilds at least the present hour, Ye wayward children of a distant clime,

Every anxious thought beguiles, For you we beave the kindred groan,

Dresses every face in smiles, We pity your misfortune, and your crime. Nor lets one transient cloud the bliss destroy Stop, parricides, the blow,

Of that auspicious day, which Britain gives to joy.
O find another foe!
And hear a parent's dear request,
Who longs to clasp you to her yielding breast.

ODE XXXIV.
What change would ye require? What form
Ideal floats in fancy's sky?

1778,
Ye fond enthusiasts break the charm,
And let cool reason clear the mental eye.

When rival nations, great in arms, On Britain's well-mix'd state alone,

Great in power, in glory great, True Liberty has fix'd her throne,

Fill the world with war's alarms, Where law, not man, an equal rule maintains: And breathe a temporary hate, Can freedom e'er be found where many a tyrant The hostile storms but rage a while, reigns ?

And the tired contest ends.

But ah, how hard to reconcile office, (and all are to be found in the Annual Re-, The foes who once were friends! gister printed by Dodsley) I persuade myself he Each hasty word, each look unkind, must agree with me in thinking, that no court Each distant hint, that seems to mean poet ever had fewer courtly stains, and that his page A something lurking in the mind is, at the least, as white as Addison's."

Which almost longs to lurk unseen,

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Power despotic rarely knows,
Rarely heeds a subject's woes ;

By force it claims, with grasping hand,
ODE XXXV.

Whate'er ambition dares demand :
FOR HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DAY, JUNE 4, 1778.

The ravag'd merchant, plunder'd swain,
May pour their weak complaints in vain;

Their private sorrows are their own;
Arm's with her native force, behold,

A tyrant feels not, though a people groan, How proudly through each martial plain

O happier far the well-mix'd state, Britannia stalks! “ 'T was thus of old,

Which blends the monarch's with the subject's fate, My warlike sons, a gallant train,

And links the sceptre to the spade! Call'd forth their genuine strength, and spread The stroke which wounds the lowliest clown Their banners o'er the tented mead;

Is insult to the British crown, 'T was thus they taught perfidious France to yield.” | And he attacks our rights who dares the throne inShe cries, and shows the lilies on her shield.

One common flame, one active soul, [vade.

Pervades and animates the whole; “ Yes, goddess, yes! 'twas thus of old,”

One heart, one hand, directs the blow,
The Muse replies, “thy barons bold

And hurls the vollied vengeance on the foe.
Led forth their native troops, and spread
Their banners o'er the tented mead.
But nobler now the zeal that warms
Each patriot breast: for freedom's reign

ODE XXXVII.
Has burst the Norman's feudal chain,
And new force to glory's charms.

FOR HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DAY, JUNE 4, 1779.
No vassal bands
Rise at a tyrant lord's commands:

LET Gallia mourn! th' insulting foe,
'T is for themselves, with honest rage, Who dar'd to aim the treach'rous blow,
The voluntary youths engage;

When lost, she thought, in deep dismay,
To guard their sacred homes they fight, Forlorn, distress'd, Britannia lay:
And in their own assert the public right.
Bound by choice, and choice alone,

Deems she misfortune e'er can tame
Their leaders, and their laws are both their own: The gen'rous inborn British flame?
Laws obey'd, because approv'd,

Is Agincourt so little known? And chiefs that rule, because belov'd.

Must fresh conviction curb her pride, 'Tis hence that flash of virtuous pride,

Each age new annals be supply'd,
Which Britain's sons disdain to hide,

Of Gallia's shame and our renown?
Glows on their cheeks, and through their eyes,
In active fire, the foe defies.

What though a while the tempest shrouds
'T is hence, at home, they claim and find Her summits, and a night of clouds
Th' undoubted rights of human kind;

Each rock and mountain wears ; And, whilst they own a just control,

Yet soon returns the fitting breeze, But yield a part to guard the whole.

And brighter o'er her subject seas "T is hence they spurn a servile chain,

The queen of isles appears.
While tyrant man's despotic reign
Enslaves the peopled Earth;

Let Gallia mourn! th’ insulting foe,
And hence, with equal zeal obey

Who sees, by all the winds that blow, A father-king, and hail the day

Her treasures waited to the coast Which gave such monarchs birth."

She insolently deem'd was lost.

But low in dust her head she bows,
And prostrate pays her grateful vows
To him, the Almighty Power, by whose decree
She reigns, and still shall reign, sole empress of the

sea.

ODE XXXIX

FOR HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DAY, JUNE 4, 1781).

You Sun, that with meridian ray
Now gilds the consecrated day,

When Britain breathes her annual vow
For him, the guardian of her laws,
For him, who in her sacred cause

Bids the red bolt of vengeance glow :
That very Sun, when Ganges' stream
Redden'd beneath his rising beam,

Saw Britain's banners wave
In eastern air, with honest pride,
O'er vanquish'd forts, which Gallia tried,

But tried in vain to save.
That very Sun, ere evening dew
Has dimm'd his radiant orb, will view,
Where Lucia's mountains tower on high,
And seem to prop the western sky,
That oft-contested island own
Allegiance to the British throne.
Like her own oak, the forest's king,

Though Britain feels the blows around;
Ev'n from the steel's inflictive sting,
New force she gaios, new scions spring,

And flourish from the wound.

Still o'er the deep does Britain reign,
Her monarch still the trident bears :
Vainglorious France, deluded Spain,

Have found their boasted efforts vain;
Vain as the fleeting shades when orient light appears.
As the young eagle to the blaze of day

Undazzled and undaunted turns his eyes,
So unappalld, where glory led the way,
Midst storms of war, midst mingling seas and

skies,
The genuine offspring of the Brunswick name
Prov'd his high birth's hereditary claim,
And the applauding nation haild with joy
Their future hero in the intrepid boy.

Prophetic, as the flame that spread
ODE XXXVIII.

Round the young lulus' head,

Be that blest omen of success.
1780.

The Muse
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Catches thence ecstatic views;
And dares insulting France pretend

Sees new laurels nobly won, To grasp the trident of the main,

As the circling year rolls on ; And hope the astonish'd world should bend

Sees that triumphs of its own To the mock pageantry assum'd in vain?

Each distinguish'd month shall crown; What, though her feets the billows load,

And, ere this festive day again What, though her mimic thunders roar,

Returns to wake the grateful strain, She bears the ensigns of the god,

Sees all that host of foes, But not his delegated power.

Both to her glory and repose, Ev'n from the birth of time 't was Heaven's decree, Bend their proud necks beneath Britannia's yoke, The queen of isles should reign sole empress of the And court that peace which their injustice broke. sea.

Still o'er the deep shall Britain reign, United Bourbon's giant pride

Her monarch still the trident bear; Strains every nerve, each effort tries

The warring world is leagu'd in vain
With all but justice on its side,

To conquer those who know not fear.
That strength can give, or perfidy devise.
Dread they not him who rules the sky,

Grasp'd be the spear by ev'ry hand,
Whose nod directs the whirlwind's speed,

Let every heart united glow, Who bares his red right arm on high

Collected, like the Theban band,
For vengeance on the perjur'd head,

Can Britain dread a foe?
Th’ Almighty Power, by whose august decree
The queen of isles alone is sovereign of the sea ?

No! o'er the deep she still shall reign,

Her monarch still the trident bear:
Vain-glorious France! deluded Spain !

The warring world is leagu'd in vain
Whom even experience warns in vain,
Is there a sea that dashing pours

To conquer those who know not fear.
Its big waves round your trembling shores,
Is there a promontory's brow
That does not Britain's vast achievements know?
Ask Biscay's rolling flood,

ODE XL.
Ask the proud Celtic steep,
How oft her navies rode

1781.
Triumphant o'er the deep?
Ask Lagos' summits that beheld your fate,

Ask round the world, from age to age,
Ask Calpe's jutting front, fair cause of endless hate. Not where alone th' historian's page
Yet midst the loudest blasts of Fame,

Or poet's song have just attention won :
When most the admiring nations gaze,

But even the feeblest voice of fame
What to herself does Britain claim ?

Has learnt to lisp Britannia's name,
-Not to herself she gives the praise,

Ask of her inborn worth, and deeds of high renown!

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