Part II (continued)
Captain gives a Sword to Omai.
R E C I T A T I V E. Captain.
Accept from mighty George our sovereign lord,
In sign of British love, this British sword.
Oberea. Oh, Joy! away my useless spells and
magic charms, A British sword is proof against the
world in arms.
Capt. Allay of joy! Owhyee's (27) fatal shore,
Brave Cook, your great Orono, (28)
is no more!
[To the Indians.
C H O R U S of Indians.
Mourn, Owhyee's fatal shore,
For Cook, our great Orono, is no more!
A Grand Painting descends, and the English Captain sings.
A I R. Captain.
Ye chiefs of the ocean your laurels throw by,
Or cypress entwine with a wreath;
To prove your humanity, heave a soft sigh,
And a tear now let fall for his death!
Yet the Genius of Britain forbids us to grieve,
Since Cook, ever honor'd, immortal shall live.
Yet the Genius, &c.
(27) The Island where Captain Cook was killed;
(28) A Demi-God, or hero, and the distinguished title
with which the natives honoured Captain. Cook.
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