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VERSES Written at MOUNTAUBAN in FRANCE, 1750.

1 TARN, how delightful wind thy willow'd waves,
2 But ah! they fructify a land of slaves!
3 In vain thy bare-foot, sun-burnt peasants hide
4 With luscious grapes yon' hill's romantic side;
5 No cups nectareous shall their toils repay,
6 The priest's, the soldier's, and the fermier's prey:
7 Vain glows this sun in cloudless glory drest,
8 That strikes fresh vigour thro' the pining breast;
9 Give me, beneath a colder, changeful sky,
10 My soul's best, only pleasure, LIBERTY!
11 What millions perish'd near thy mournful flood
b Alluding to the persecutions of the protestants, and the wars of the Saracens, carried on in the Southern provinces of France.
12 When the red papal tyrant cry'd out "Blood!
13 Less fierce the Saracen, and quiver'd Moor,
14 That dash'd thy infants 'gainst the stones of yore.
15 Be warn'd ye nations round; and trembling see
16 Dire superstition quench humanity!
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17 By all the chiefs in Freedom's battles lost;
18 By wise and virtuous ALFRED'S aweful ghost;
19 By old GALGACUS' scythed, iron car,
20 That swiftly whirling thro' the walks of war,
21 Dash'd Roman blood, and crush'd the foreign throngs:
22 By holy Druids' courage-breathing songs;
23 By fierce BONDUCA'S shield, and foaming steeds;
24 By the bold peers that met on Thames's meads;
25 By the fifth HENRY'S helm, and lightning spear,
26 O LIBERTY, my warm petition hear;
27 Be ALBION still thy joy! with her remain,
28 Long as the surge shall lash her oak-crown'd plain!

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    Title (in Source Edition): VERSES Written at MOUNTAUBAN in FRANCE, 1750.
    Author: Joseph Warton
    Themes: liberty; landscapes
    Genres: heroic couplet
    References: DMI 25752

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 203-204. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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