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Confideration of the greatest Importance; and I fhould look upon it as a great Happiness, if, at the Beginning of My Reign, I could see the Foundation laid of so great and necessary a Work, as the Increase and Encouragement of our Seamen in general; that they may be invited, rather than compelled by Force and Violence, to enter into the Service of their Country, as oft as Occafion shall require it: A Confideration worthy the Representatives of a People great and flourishing in Trade and Navigation. This leads Me to mention to you the case of Greenwich Hospital, that Care may

be taken, by some Addition to that Fund, to render comfortable and effectual that charitable Provifion, for the Support and Maintenance of Our Sea. men, worn out, and become decrepit by Age and Infirmities, in the Service of their Country.

(Speech, Jan. 27, 1727-8.]

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I.
LD OCEAN's praise

Demands my lays;
A truly British theme I fing;

A theme so great,

I dare complete,
And join with Ocean, Ocean's King,

II.

The Roman Ode

Majestic flow'd :
Its Atream divinely clear, and Itrong ;

In sense, and sound,

Thebes rollid profound;
The torrent roar'd, and foam'd along.

III. Let

III.
Let Thebes, nor Rome,

So fam'd, prefume
To triumph o'er a northern ifle;

Late time shall know

The North can glow,
If dread AUGUSTUS deign to smile.

IV.
The Naval crown

Is all His own !
Our Fleet, if war, or commerce, call,

His will performs

Through waves and storms, And rides in triumph round the ball.

V.
No former race,

With strong embrace,
This theme to ravish durft aspire ;

With virgin charms

Ny foul it warms,
And melts melodious on my lyre.

VI.
My lays I file

With cautious toil;
Ye graces ! turn the glowing lines;

On anvils neat

Your strokes repeat;
At every stroke the work refines !

VII. How

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