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DEDICATED TO NATIONAL INDE
PENDENCE AND LIBERTY.
COMPOSED BY THE SEA-SIDE, NEAR CALAIS.
AUGUST, 1802. Fair Star of evening, Splendour of the west, Star of my Country !-on the horizon's brink Thou hangest, stooping, as might seem, to
sink On England's bosom; yet well pleased to
rest, Meanwhile, and be to her a glorious crest 5 Conspicuous to the Nations. Thou, I think, Should'st be my Country's emblem; and
should’st wink, Bright Star! with laughter on her banners,
drest In thy fresh beauty. There! that dusky spot Beneath thee, that is England; there she lies. 10 Blessings be on you both! one hope, one lot, One life, one glory !-1, with many a fear For my dear Country, many heartfelt sighs, Among men who do not love her, linger here.
CALAIS, AUGUST, 1802. Is it a reed that's shaken by the wind, Or what is it that ye go forth to see? Lords, lawyers, statesmen, squires of low degree, Men known, and men unknown, sick, lame, and
blind, Post forward all, like creatures of one kind, 5 With first-fruit offerings crowd to bend the knee In France, before the new-born Majesty. 'Tis ever thus. Ye men of prostrate mind, A seemly reverence may be paid to power; But that's a loyal virtue, never sown In haste, nor springing with a transient shower: When truth, when sense, when liberty were
flown, What hardship had it been to wait an hour ? Shame on you, feeble Heads, to slavery prone !
COMPOSED NEAR CALAIS, ON THE ROAD LEADING TO
ARDRES, AUGUST 7, 1802. Jones! as from Calais southward you and I Went pacing side by side, this public Way. Streamed with the pomp of a too-credulous day, When faith was pledged to new-born Liberty: A homeless sound of joy was in the sky: From hour to hour the antiquated Earth, Beat like the heart of Man : songs, garlands,
mirth, Banners, and happy faces, far and nigh! And now, sole register that these things were, Two solitary greetings have I heard,
1 July 14th, 1790.
“ Good morrow, Citizen !” a hollow word,
1801. I GRIEVED for Buonaparté, with a vain And an unthinking grief! The tenderest mood Of that Man's mind—what can it be? what food Fed his first hopes ? what knowledge could he
gain? 'Tis not in battles that from youth we train 5 The Governor who must be wise and good, And temper with the sternness of the brain Thoughts motherly, and meek as womanhood. Wisdom doth live with children round her
knees: Books, leisure, perfect freedom, and the talk 10 Man holds with week-day man in the hourly
walk Of the mind's business: these are the degrees By which true Sway doth mount; this is the
stalk True Power doth grow on; and her rights are these.
May 21, 1802.
V. CALAIS, AUGUST 15, 1802. FESTIVALS have I seen that were not names : This is young Buonaparté's natal day, And his is henceforth an established swayConsul for life. With worship France proclaims
1 See Note.
Her approbation, and with pomps and games. 5
His business as he likes. Far other show · My youth here witnessed, in a prouder time; 10
The senselessness of joy was then sublime !
ON THE EXTINCTION OF THE VENETIAN REPUBLIC.
ONCE did She hold the gorgeous east in fee;
THE KING OF SWEDEN. The Voice of song from distant lands shall call To that great King: shall hail the crowned
Youth Who, taking counsel of unbending Truth, By one example hath set forth to all How they with dignity may stand; or fall, 5 If fall they must. Now, whither doth it tend ? And what to him and his shall be the end ? That thought is one which neither can appal Nor cheer him ; for the illustrious Swede hath
done The thing which ought to be; is raised above 10 All consequences : work he hath begun Of fortitude, and piety, and love, Which all his glorious ancestors approve: The heroes bless him, him their rightful son.
VIII. TO TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE. TOUSSAINT, the most unhappy man of men ! Whether the whistling Rustic tend his plough Within thy hearing, or thy head be now Pillowed in some deep dungeon's earliest den ;() miserable Chieftain! where and when 5 Wilt thou find patience! Yet die not; do thou Wear rather in thy bonds a cheerful brow: Though fallen thyself, never to rise again, Live, and take comfort. Thou hast left behind Powers that will work for thee; air, earth, and
skies; There's not a breathing of the common wind That will forget thee; thou hast great allies; Thy friends are exultations, agonies, And love, and man's unconquerable mind.
1802. ? See note.