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And saw him guarded with a bush of spears,
be crown'd, For o'er the laif thy beauty is renown'd.
XXIII. A coftly crown with ftones clarified bright, This comely Queen did in her head inclose, While all the land illumined of light; Wherefore methought, the flow'rs did all rejoyce, Crying at once, Hail to the fragrant ROSE! Hail Empress of the herbs! fresh Queen of flow'rs! To thee be glore and honour at all hours.
XXIV. Then all the birds they fang with voice on height, Whose mirthful sound was marvellous to hear: The Mavys sang, Hail ROSE most rich and right, That does upflourish under Phebus' sphere, Hail plant of youth, hail prince's daughter dear, Hail bloffom breaking out of blood royal, Whose precious virtue is imperial.
XXV. The Merle she sang, Hail ROSE of most delight, Hail of all flow'rs the sweet and sov'raign Queen: The Lark she sang, hail ROSE both red and white, Most pleasant flow'r of mighty colours * twain : Nightingals fang, hail Nature's fuffragan, In beauty, nurture, and each nobleness, In rich array, renown, and gentleness.
Alluding to the Houses of york and LANCASTER, which were distinguished by the white and RED ROSE, and united in the person of Queen MARGARET.
" O blessed be the hour
VERSES ON THE DEATH
BY MR. SHIPLEY.
O Blivion wraps not in her silent shade
All human labours. Virtue blooms a flower, That Time's rough hand shall never violate. Still CAROLINE shall live in faithful verse, Sweet nurse of Memory, and in the voice Of grateful Britain. These shall testify How well her calm impartial rule fupplied A Monarch's absence ; these commemorate Her foul contemplative of peaceful Truth And nature, mindful midst the pomp of Courts Of wise retirement, and the filent grove. She stretch'd thro' length'ning shades thy spa
cious walks, Delightful Richmond, and the terrass rais'd Of regal grandeur, whence the eye discerns Fair Thames with copious waters winding slow Midit pastures, spreading herds, and villages Of aspect neat, and villas wrapt in shades : air scene of chearful peace! The lovely sight Frequent she view'd, and bless’d the honour'd reign