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148. Some the gall’d ropes with dawby marline bind,
Or fear-cloth masts with strong tarpawling
To try new shrouds one mounts into the wind,
His new-cast cannons firmness to explore : The strength of big-corn'd powder loves to try, And ball and cartrige sorts for every
And ships which all last winter were abroad;
The Phænix, daughter of the vanish'd old, Like a rich bride does to the ocean swim, And on her shadow rides in floating gold,
152. Her flag aloft spread ruffling to the wind,
And fanguine streamers seem the flood to fire ; The weaver charm'd with what his loom design'd,
Goes on to sea, and knows not to retire,
153 With roomy decks, her
guns of mighty strength, Whose low-laid mouths each mounting billow
laves : Deep in her draught, and warlike in her length, She seems a sea-wasp flying on the waves.
154. This martial present, piously design'd,
The loyal city give their best-lov'd king : And with a bounty ample as the wind, Built, fitted and maintain’d, to aid him bring,
155. By viewing nature, nature's handmaid, art
Makes mighty things from small beginningsgrow: Thus fishes first to shipping did impart, Their tail the rudder, and their head the prow.
156. Some log perhaps upon the waters swam,
An useless drift, which rudely cut within, And hollow'd first a floating trough became, And cross some rivulet passage did begin.
157 In shipping such as this, the Irish kern,
And untaught Indian on the stream did glide : Ere sharp-keeld boats to stem the flood did learn,
Or fin-like oars did spread from either side.
158. Add but a fail, and Saturn so appear’d,
When from lost empire he to exile went, And with the golden age to Tyber steerd,
Where coin and commerce first he did invent.
159. Rude as their ships was navigation then
No useful compass or meridian known; Coasting, they kept the land within their ken, And knew no North but when the Pole-star Thone.
160. Of all who fince have us'd the open fea,
Thanthe bold English none more fame have won: Beyond the
and out of heaven's high way, They make discoveries where they see nó sun.
By poor mankind's benighted wit is fought,
We, as arts elements, shall understand, And as by line upon the ocean go,
Whose paths shall be familiar as the land.
163. Instructed ships fhall fail to quick commerce,
By which remotest regions are ally'd ; Which makes one city of the universe; Where some may gain, and all may be fupply'd.
164. Then we upon our globe's last verge
go, And view the ocean leaning on the sky: From thence our rolling neighbors we shall know, And on the lunar world securely pry.
165. This I foretel from your auspicious care,
Who great in search of God and nature grow; Who best
wife creator's praise declare, Since best to praise his works is best to know.
O truly royal ! who behold the law
maker's mind : And thence, like limbecs, rich ideas draw, To fit the leveli'd use of human-kind.
167. But first the toils of war we must endure,
And from the injurious Dutch redeem the seas. War makes the valiant of his right secure,
And gives up fraud to be chastis'd with ease.
Already were the Belgians on our coast,
Whose fleet more mighty every day became
They knew to manage war with wise delay:
Appear as numerous as the insulting foe:
Which in the Straights last winter was abroad;
Fam'd for his action on the Smyrna fleet :
While music numbers, or while verse has feet.