ON THE DEATH OF FREDERIC, PRINCE OF WALES.
1 WHO but remembers yesterday,
2 Remembers Britain happy, gay;
3 Each bard inspir'd with sprightlier lays,
4 Already sung Saturnian days:
5 Already Science, hand in hand
6 With Art, had Freedom's temple plann'd.
7 All wore an universal smile;
8 Such were the hopes of Britain's Isle.
9 But now, since Fate has wrapt in night
10 The nation's and mankind's delight;
11 Since Frederic now for ever sleeps,
12 Art droops again, and Science weeps;
13 Corruption (who had spread her wing,
14 To fly before the patriot King)
15 Her flight, now doubtful, stops a while —
16 Adieu the hopes of Britain's Isle.
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Author: Charles Sackville
Themes: monarchy (heads of state); patriotism; glory of the British nation; death
References: DMI 32632
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Pearch, G. A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 60. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [(OC) 280 o.791].)
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