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SONNET.

TO BRITANNIA.

1 REnown'd Britannia! lov'd parental land,
2 Regard thy welfare with a watchful eye;
3 Whene'er the weight of Want's afflicting hand
4 Wakes o'er thy vales the Poor's persuasive cry:
5 When Slaves in office Freemen's rights withstand,
6 When Wealth enormous sets th' Oppressor high,
7 And Bribes thy ductile Senators command;
8 Then mourn, for then thy Fate approacheth nigh.
9 Not from perfidious Gaul, or haughty Spain,
10 Nor all the neighbouring nations of the main,
11 Tho' leagu'd in war tremendous round thy shore,
12 But from thyself, thy Ruin must proceed;
13 Nor boast thy Power, for know it is decreed,
14 Thy Freedom gone, thy Power shall be no more.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET. TO BRITANNIA.
Author: John Scott
Themes: patriotism; glory of the British nation
Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
References: DMI 32647

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 130. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004)

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