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HIS SACRED MAJESTY, PANEGYRIC ON HIS CORONATION. Th E ceremony of
Charles the Second's coronation was deferred until the year
succeeding his Restoration, when it was solemnized with extreme
magnificence, on tne 22d April, l66l, being St George's day.
Charles moved from the Tower to Whitehall, through a series of
triumphal arches, stages, and pageants, all of which presented, at
once, the joy and wealth of his people before the eyes of the
monarch. The poets, it may readily be believed, joined in the
general gratulation; but, from the rudeness of rheir style, and
puerility of their conceits, Charles, whose taste was undoubted,
must have soon distinguished our author's superior energy of
diction, and harmony of language. In most respects we may consider
this piece as written in the style of the preceding, yet with less
affectation of witty and far-fetched allusion. The description of
the spring, beginning, " Now our sad ruins are removed from sight,"
is elegantly fancied, and so smoothl) expressed, that even the flow
of the language seems to mark the mild and delightful influence of
the season it describes. Much quaintness remains to be weeded out.
The name of the king is sent on high, wrapped soft and warm in
music, like flames on the wings of incense; and, anon, music has
found a tomb in Charles, and lies drowned in her own sweetness;
while the fragrant scent, begun from the royal person, and confined
within the hallowed dome, flies round and descends on him in richer
dew. Above all, we are startled to hear of A queen, near whose
chaste womb, ordained by fate. The souls of kings unborn tor
bodii-l wait. Neither, if we read (with the first edition) from
instead of near, is the intelligibility, or decorum of the passage
much improved. If any of the souls of these u...
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