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SEPTEMBER 1, 1802.

Among the capricious acts of tyranny that disgraced
those times, was the chasing of all Negroes from
France hy decree of the government: we had a
Fellow-passenger who was one of the expelled.

We had a female Passenger who came
From Calais with us, spotless in array,—
A white-robed Negro, like a lady gay,
Yet downcast as a woman fearing blame;
Meek, destitute, as seemed, of hope or aim 5
She sate, from notice turning not away,
But on all proffered intercourse did lay
A weight of languid speech, or to the same
No sign of answer made by word or face:
Yet still her eyes retained their tropic fire, 10
That, burning independent of the mind,
Joined with the lustre of her rich attire
To mock the Outcast—O ye Heavens, be kind!
And feel, thou Earth, for this afflicted Eace!

COMPOSED IN THE VALLEY NEAR DOVER, ON THE DAY OF LANDING.

Herb, on our native soil, we breathe once more.

The cock that crows, the smoke that curls, that sound

Of bells;—those boys who in yon meadowground

In white-sleeved shirts are playing; and the roar

Of the waves breaking on the chalky shore;— 5

All, -all are English. Oft have I looked round

With joy in Kent's green vales ; but never found

Myself so satisfied in heart before.
Europe is yet in bonds; but let that pass,
Thought for another moment. Thou art free, 10
My Country! and 'tis joy enough and pride
For one hour's perfect bliss, to tread the grass
Of England once again, and hear and see,
With such a dear Companion at my side.

Aug. 30, 1802.

XI.
SEPTEMBER, 1802. NEAR DOVER.

Inland, within a hollow vale, I stood;

And saw, while sea was calm and air was clear,

The coast of France—the coast of France how

near! Drawn almost into frightful neighbourhood. I shrunk; for verily the barrier flood 5

Was like a lake, or river bright and fair,
A span of waters; vet what power is there!
What mightiness for evil and for good!
Even so doth Cod protect us if we be
Virtuous and wise. Winds blow, and waters

roll, 10

Strength to the brave, and Power, and Deity; Yet in themselves are nothing! One decree Spake laws to them, and said that by the soul Only, the Nations shall be great and free.

XII.

THOUGHT OF A BRITON ON THE SUBJUGATION OF
SWITZERLAND.

Two Voices are there; one is of the sea,
•One of the mountains; each a mighty Voice:
In both from age to age thou didst rejoice,
They were thy chosen music, Liberty! .

There came a Tyrant, and with holy glee 5

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