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On the Report of a WOODEN BRIDGE to be built at Westminster.

1 BY Rufus' hall, where Thames polluted flows,
2 Provok'd, the Genius of the river rose,
3 And thus exclaim'd "Have I, ye British swains,
4 "Have I, for ages, lav'd your fertile plains?
5 "Given herds, and flocks, and villages increase,
6 "And fed a richer than the Golden Fleece?
7 "Have I, ye merchants, with each swelling tide,
8 "Pour'd Afric's treasure in, and India's pride?
9 "Lent you the fruit of every nation's toil?
10 "Made every climate your's, and every soil?
11 "Yet pilfer'd from the poor, by gaming base,
12 "Yet must a Wooden Bridge my waves disgrace?
13 "Tell not to foreign streams the shameful tale,
14 "And be it publish'd in no Gallic vale. "
15 He said; and plunging to his crystal dome,
16 White o'er his head the circling waters foam.

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    Title (in Source Edition): On the Report of a WOODEN BRIDGE to be built at Westminster.
    Author: James Thomson
    Themes: places; nature
    Genres: heroic couplet; occasional poem
    References: DMI 23577

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. III. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 6. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.003) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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