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XXIII. A costly crown with stones clarified bright, This comely Qucen did in her head inclose, While all the land illumined of light; Wherefore methought, the flowers did all rejoyce, Crying at once, Hail to the fragrant ROSE! Hail Empress of the herbs! fresh Queen of flowers ! To thee be glore and honour at all hours.
XXIV. Then all the birds they sang with voice on height, Whose mirthful found was marvellous to hear : The Mavys fang, Hail ROSE most rich and right, That does upflourish under Phebus' sphere, Hail plant of youth, hail Prince's daughter dear, Hail blossom breaking out of blood royal, Whose precious virtue is imperial.
XXV. The Merle she fang, Hail ROSE of moit delight, Hail of all flowers the sweet and sovereign Queen: The lark she sang, hail ROSE both red and white, Most pleasant flower of mighty colours * twain : Nightingals fang, hail Natures suffragan, In beauty, nurture, and each nobleness, In rich array, renown, and gentleness.
* Alluding to the Houses of york and LANCASTER, which were distinguished by the white and RED ROSE, and united in the person of Queen MARGARET.
XXVI. The common voice uprose of warblers small, Upon this wise, “ O blessed be the hour “ That thou wast chose to be our principal, “ Welcome to be our Princess crown'd with pow'r, « Our pearl, our pleasance, and our paramour, “ Our peace, our play, our plain felicity: o Christ thee conserve from all adversity.
VERSES ON THE DEATH
CAR O L I N E.
BY MR. SHIPLEY.
Blivion wraps not in her filent shade
All human labours. Virtue blooms a flower, That Time's rough hand fhall never violate. Still CAROLINE fhall live in faithful verfe, Sweet nurse of Memory, and in the voice Of grateful Britain. These fhall testify How well her calm impartial rule fupplied A monarch's abfence; thefe commemorate Her foul contemplative of peaceful Truth And nature, mindful midst the pomp of Courts Of wise retirement, and the silent grove. She stretch'd thro' length'ning fhades thy spa
cious walks, Delightful Richmond, and the terrass rais'd Of regal grandeur, whence the eye discerns Fair Thames with copious waters winding slow Midft pastures, spreading herds, and villages Of aspect neat, and villas wrapt in shades : Fair scene of chearful peace ! the lovely fight Frequent she view'd, and bless'd the honour'd reign
Of her great Confort, provident and mild.
pattern fair to Kings: Or the who rules the Scepter of the North Illuftrious, fpreading o'er a barbarous world
The light of arts and manners, and with arms
“ Hail sacred shade ! by me with endless woe.
voice! “ Anxious, of Thee bereft, a solitude “ I feel, that not the fond condoling cares “ Of our fad offspring can remove.
Ev'n now « With lonely steps I trace the gloomy groves,
Thy lov'd recesses, ftudious to recall “ The vanish'd bliss,and cheat my wand'ring thoughts « With sweet illusion. Yet I not accuse “ Heav'n's dispensation. Prosperous and long “ Have been my days, and not unknown to fame, 6. That dwells with virtue. But 'tis hard to part “ The league of ancient friendship, to resign “ The home-felt fondness, the secure delight, “ That reason nourish'd, and fair fame approv'd."