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THE SEAS.

I.

When Ormuz bade the flooded earth be dry

And for the waters scoop'd their final home, O'er each abyss Ferouers of the sky

Took charge, lest once again the surges roám. On trembling Kaf reposed the throne of flame While the four Spirits wait their destined brides to claim.

II.

The giant sovereign of the Peaceful Main

Arose majestic as his silent flood;
Then Ormuz beckoned from the immortal train

The goddess Pleasure, and her hand bestowed.
Swift to the sea in swimming dance she fled
And softer-curling billows kist her sparkling tread.

III.

The indented shore with airy haste she sought,

To arch the musky wood and roseate bower ; The nightingale from wavering boughs she taught The warbled luxury of

song to pour ; Love uncontrould thro' her warm empire roves From Ind's voluptuous banks to Otaheite's groves.

IV.

The humbler Spirit of the Midland Sea

Now bent before the throne his graceful head. Fair Taste approach'd; the youth arose with glee

Gazed and with transport seiz'd the laurelld Maid. In his pure wave she bathed her willing feet, And round its myrtled brink rear'd many a hallow'd seat.

V.

Soon on the shore she cast a dwelling eye

Where Inspiration o'er Idumean palms First learnt to wave this seraph-wing on high ;

Thende wandered statelier to Natolian realms, Where with the lightning of empyreal frame Her Homer's tongue she steep'd in uprekindlad flame.

VI.

Slow is her lingering way from Greece, averse,

Till not a winding bay or shaded cape Remains unwatered with the dew of verse,

Twice to Hesperia's coast she bent her step, And saw with rapture o'er its olived height The fore-world's crimson eve, the dawn of modern light.

VII.

The Baltic Genius then with sounding stride

Advancing, bow'd before the Lord of power ; Received stern Valor for his blooming bride

And to his amber'd strand the Virgin bore. The steel-clad Goddess loud her love confest, Play'd with his icy beard, and clasp'd his rugged breast.

VIII.

He who the wide Atlantic Ocean binds

Now upwards turn'd a trembling hoping eye,
His prayer great Ormuz cast not to the winds

But gave his last best gift, dear Liberty.
Rich tears of joy the exulting Spirit shed
And bore the zoneless nymph triumphant to his bed,

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Awhile he throned her on the snowy hills

O'ercanopied with glare of northern dawn
Where Hecla's front its liquid fire distils.

Anon, he twined her on the oaky lawn
Of Albion's coast a seldom-fading bower,
Corruptions mildews hence! it scerns the axe of Power.

X.

Then far in west he built her many a fane

To the hoarse sound of Civil Discords song, And proudly pointed to her future reign,

When swarthy tribes their sugar-isles among Should lisp her praise, and gathering whirlwinds bear Her deed-inspiring name to Gallia's troubled ear.

RYALTO.

THE PIG.

A COLLOQUIAL POEM.

Jacob! I do not love to see thy nose
Turned up in scornful curve at yonder Pig.
It would be well, my friend, if thou and I
Had like that Pig attained the perfectness
Made reachable by Nature ! why dislike
The sow-born grunter ?-he is obstinate,
Thou answerest, ugly, and the filthiest beast
That banquets upon offal. Now I pray you
Hear the Pig's Counsel.

Is he obstinate ?
We must not, Jacob, be deceived by words,
By sophist sounds. A democratic beast
He knows that his unmerciful drivers seek
Their profit and not his. He hath not learnt
That Pigs were made for man, born to be brawn'd
And baconized; that he must please to give

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