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SEA PIECE. EXTRACTED FROM FALCONER'S POEM OF THE SHIPWRECK, A. Ship
from Egypt, o'er the deep impell'd By guiding winds, her course for
Venice held; Of fam'd Britannia were the gallant crew, And from
that Isle her name the vessel drew. Thrice had the sun, to rule the
varying year, Across th' equator roll'd his flaming sphere, Since
last the vessel spread her ample sail From Albion's coast,
obsequious to the gale. She, o'er the spacious flood, from shore to
shore, Unwearying wafted her commercial store; The richest ports of
Afric she had view'd, Thence to fair Italy her course pursu'd; Had
left behind Trinacria's burning isle, And visited the margin of the
Nile: And now, that winter deepens round the pole, The circling
voyage hastens to its goal; They, blind to Fate's inevitable law,
No dark event to blast their hope foresaw; But from gay Venice soon
expect to steer For Britain's coast, and dread no perils near; A
thousand tender thoughts their souls employ, That fondly dance to
scenes of future joy. Thus time elaps'd, while o'er the pathless
tide Their ship thro' Grecian seas the pilots guide. Occasion
call'd to touch at Candia's shore, Which, blest with favouring
winds, they soon explore The haven enter, borne before the gale,
Dispatch their commerce, and prepare to sail. Eternal powers ! what
ruins from afar Mark the fell track of desolating war! Here arts,
and commerce, with auspicious reign, Once breath'd sweet influence
on the happy plain; While o'er the lawn, with dance and festive
song, Young Pleasure led the jocund hours along: In gay luxuriance
Ceres too was seen To crown the Vallies with eternal green: For
wealth, for valour, courted and revered, What Albion is, fair
Candia then appear'd. . Ah! who the flight of ages can revoke ? The
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