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[Inscription] VI. For a Column at RUNNYMEDE.

1 THOU, who the verdant plain dost traverse here,
2 While Thames among his willows from thy view
3 Retires; O stranger, stay thee, and the scene
4 Around contemplate well. This is the place
5 Where England's ancient barons, clad in arms
6 And stern with conquest, from their tyrant king
7 (Then render'd tame) did challenge and secure
8 The charter of thy freedom. Pass not on
9 Till thou have bless'd their memory, and paid
10 Those thanks which God appointed the reward
11 Of public virtue. And if chance thy home
12 Salute thee with a father's honour'd name,
13 Go, call thy sons: instruct them what a debt
14 They owe their ancestors; and make them swear
15 To pay it, by transmitting down intire
16 Those sacred rights to which themselves were born,


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Title (in Source Edition): [Inscription] VI. For a Column at RUNNYMEDE.
Author: Mark Akenside
Themes: places; liberty; landscapes
Genres: blank verse; inscription
References: DMI 26944

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 34. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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