The Morning Post (June 22, 1795)
The Moon was sinking in the West,
And briskly blew the ev'ning
When WILLIAM, from his NANCY prest,
Spread with a sigh the
And soon was wafted from his native shore,
To see his NANCY'S dear-lov'd form no more.
The tear oft sparkled in her eye,
And oft bedew'd her pallid
And speechless Grief, in many a sigh,
Whisper'd her o'erfraught
heart to break.
In vain her constant bosom sought repose;
The eye that view'd not WILLIAM could not close.
Fearless of ill, the gallant fleet
O'er the loud-dashing
Each Briton's breast tumultuous beat,
To hurl destruction on
Conquest no more could heal poor WILLIAM'S smart—
He spill'd the ruddy drop that warm'd his heart.
Alternate Hope, alternate Fear,
In NANCY'S constant bosom
In vain she dropp'd the pearly tear—
Hope sooth'd her constant
heart in vain:
Her WILLIAM'S fate was told; she heard and sigh'd,
Cast up to Heav'n her eyes—then bow'd and died.