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While in the lustre of his glowing lines,
While he, like his own Phocyas, snatch'd from viowy Th’ Arabian Paradise so gaily shines,
To fairer realms with ripen'd glory flew. With winy rivers, racy fruits, supply'd,
Humane, though witty; humble, though admir'd; And beauties sparkling in immortal pride,
Wept by the great, the virtuous sage expir'd! Gallants, you'll own, that a resistless fire
Still may the bard, beneath kind planets born, Did justly their enamour'd breasts inspire. Whom every Grace and every Muse adorn,
At first a numerous audience crown'd this play, Whose spreading fame has reach'd to foreign lands And kind applauses mark'd its happy way,
Receive some tribute too from British hands.
THE TRIUMPH OF PEACE.
But once such differing beauty met before,
When warrior Mars did Love's bright queen adore; OCCASIONED BY THE PEACE OF RYSWICK, pen Love's bright queen might seem less winning 1697. Ind Mars submit to his heroic air.
hdet Jove himself, imperial Jove, can show HEAR, Britain, hear a rough unpractis'd tongue, VA nobler mien, or more undaunted brow, Though rough my voice, the Muse inspires the song! When his strong arm, thro' Heav'n's ethereal plains, The heaven-born Muse; ev'n now she springs her Compels the kindled bolt, and awful rule maintains flight,
And now embark'd they seek the British Isles. And bears my raptur'd soul through untrac'd realms Pleas'd with the charge, propitious Ocean smiles. We mount aloft, and, in our airy way, (of light. Before, old Neptune smooths the liquid way; Retiring kingdoms far beneath survey.
Obsoquious Tritons on the surface play; Amid the rest a spacious tract appears,
And sportful dolphins, with a nimble glance, Obscure in view, and on its visage wears
To the bright Sun their glittering scales advance. Black hovering mists, which, thickening by degrees, In oozy beds profound the billows sleep, Extend a low'ring storm o'er earth and seas. No clamorous winds awake the silent deep; But, lo! an eastern light, arising high,
Rebuk'd, they whisper in a gentle breeze,
Say who, and what, the bright attendants were!
Of various states, the various bounds appear; A cornucopia fill'd her weaker hand,
Charg'd with the various offspring of the land,
The show, and, squeezing clusters as he pass'd,
Apollo too was there; behind him hung
He touch'd his golden lyre, and thus he sung.
Ah, charming Isle! fairest of all the main ! War, that fierce lion, long disdaining law,
Rang'd uncontrol'd, and kept the world in awe,
While trembling kingdoms crouch'd beneath his paw. And, lo! a blooming virgin in his hand!
At last the reeling monster, drunk with gore, All hail, celestial pair !-a goddess she,
Falls at thy feet subdu'd, and quells his roar; Of heavenly birth confest, a more than mortal, be! Tamely to thee he bends his shaggy mane, Victorious laurels on his brows he wears;
And on his neck admits the long-rejected chain. Th' attending fair a branching olive bears; At thy protecting court, for this blest day, Slender her shape, in silver bands confin'd; Attending nations their glad thanks shall pay: Her snowy garments loosely flow behind,
Not Belgia, and the rescued işle alone, Rich with embroider'd stars, and ruffle in the wind. But Europe shall ber great deliverer own.
Rome's mighty grandeur was not more confest, So, when by just degrees, th' Eternal Thought
COURT OF NEPTUNE.
wreath'd! Let speaking Paint in various tablets show
1699. Past scenes of battle to the crowd below! Round this triumphant pile, in rustic dance,
ADDRESSED TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
CHARLES MONTAGUE, ESQ.
Of Albion's priuce conducted o'er the main;
Of courts conceal'd in wares, and Neptune's watery No more for want of hands th' unlabour'd field, Chok'd with rank weeds, a sickly crop shall yield:
Sing, froin beneath, how the green deity (reign; C Im Peace returns; behold her shining train!
Rose to the sovereign of the British sea; And fruitful Plenty is restor'd again."
To power confess'd, the triple mace resign'd,
O'er-rul'd the floods, and charg'd the rebel wind; Apollo ceas'dThe Muses take the sound, From voice to voice th' harmonious notes rebound,
Secur'd his passage homeward, and restorid, And echoing lyres transmit the volant fugue around! Safe to the loveliest isle, the best-lov'd lord. Meanwhile the steady bark, with prosperous gales, Been fam'd in verse, and grac'd the poet's song;
The generous name of Montague has long
In verse, himself can happy wonders do,
The best of patrons, and of poets too. Like swarming bees, th' assembled Britons stand,
Amid the skilful choir that court his car, And press to see their welcome sovereign land:
If he vouchsafe these ruder lays to hear, At his approach, unruly transport reigns
His bright example, while to him I sing, (wing, In every breast, and rapture fires their veins.
Shall raise my feeble flight, and mcpnt me on the A general shout succeeds, as when on high
On Albion's eastern coast, an ancient town Exploded thunder rends the vaulted sky.
O’erlooks the sca, to mariners well known; A short convulsion shakes the solid shore,
Where the swift Stourus' ends his snaky train, And rocks th' adjacent deep, unmor'd before; Loud acclamations through the valleys ring,
And pays his watery tribute to the main : While to Augusta's wall the crowd attend their king. Two fertile counties in its course divides,
Stourus, whose stream, prolific as it glides, And now behold a finish'd temple & rise,
And rolls to seaward with a lover's pace: On lofty pillars climbing to the skies!
There beauteous Orwell meets his fond embrace; Of bulk stupendous, its proud pile it rears,
They mix their amorous streams, the briny tide The gradual product of successive years.
Receives them join'd; their crooked shores provide An inner gate, that folds with iron leaves,
A spacious bay within, for anchor'd ships to ride. The charm'd spectator's entering steps receives,
Here, on the margin of the rolling flood, Where curious works in twisted stems are seen
Divinely fair, like sea-born Venus, stood Of branching foliage, vacuous between.
Britannia's Genius, in a robe array'd O'er this a vocal organ, mounted high
Of broider'd arms, and heraldry display'd : On marble columns, strikes the wondering eye;
A crown of cities charg'd her graceful brows; And feeds at once two senses with delight,
In waving curls her hair luxuriant flows; Sweet to the ear, and splendid to the sight.
Celestial glories in her eyes are seen; Marble the floor, enrich'd with native stains
Her stature tall, majestic is her mien. Of various dye, and streak'd with azure veins.
With such a presence, through th'adoring skies Ev'n emulous Art with Nature seems to strive,
Shines the great parent of the deities; And the carv'd figures almost breathe and live;
Such towery honours on her temples rise,
When, drawn by lions, she proceeds in state;
Trains of attendant-gods around her chariot wait;
The mother-goddess, with superior grace, Religion, Liberty, and Peace, embrace;
Surveys, and numbers o'er her bright immortal race. Here joyful crowds their pious thanks express,
While thus the lovely Genius hovers o'er
The water's brink, and from the sandy shore
9 Harwich. • The choir of St. Paul's was first opened on the "The river Stoure, that runs between Suffolk and day of thanksgiving for the peace.
Beholds the alternate billows fall and rise (Though struggling love would fain persuade thy (By turns they sink below, by turns they mount the stay) And must," she said
[skies): Go where thy better fortune leads the way! Then paus'd, and drew a sigh of anxious love; Meanwhile my loss, allow me to complain, “ Must my dear lord this faithless ocean prove? And wish-ah, no! that partial wish were vain. Escap'd the chance of war, and fraud of foes, Tho' honour'd Crete had nurs'd the thundering god, Walt thou to warring waves thy sacred life expose? Crete was not always blest with his abode; Why am I thus divided by the sea
Nor was it fit, that William's godlike mind, From all the world, and all the world in thec? For nations born, should be to one confin’d. Could sighs and tears the rage of tempests vind, This only grant, since I must ask no more, With tears I'd bribe the seas, with sighs the wind : Revisit once again your native shore ! Suft-sighing gales thy canvas should inspire; That hope my sorrows shall beguile; and thou But hence, ye boisterous storms! far hence retire My happy rival! wilt that hope allow; To inland woods; there your mad powers appease,
'Tis all th' enjoyment Fate has left me now, And scour the dusty plaios, or strip the forest trees; So may'st thou, fair Britannia! ever be Or lodg'd in hollow rocks profoundly sleep,
Firm to thy sovereign's love, and his to thee! And rest from the loud labours of the deep! While widow'd ["There rising sighs repressid Why should I fear? If heroes be the care Her fainting voice, and stifled in the rest. Of Heaven above, and Heaven inclines to prayer, Now, while the bounding vessel drives before Tliou sail'st secure; my sons with lifted eyes, The gusty gales, and leaves the lessening shore, And pious vows, for thee have gain'd the skies. Behold the parting clouds to distance fly, Come then, my much-lov'd lord ! No more th' And golden glories, pouring from on high, alarms
New dress the day, and chcer th' enlighten'd sky! Of wasteful war require thee from my arms. One shooting beam, like lightning doubly bright, Thy sword gives plenteous peace; but without thee, Darts on the middle main its streaming light. Peace has no charms, and plenty 's poverty:
Lo! William's guardian angel there descends; At length enjoy, for whom you've fought, the queen To Neptune's court his heavenly message tends; Oi Islands, bright, majestic, and serene!
In arms celestial, how he shines afar, l'nveil'd from clouds, which did her form disguise, Like Pallas marching to th' awaken'd war! And hid a thousand beauties from thy eyes.
His left hand gripes a spacious orb of shield, A thousand treasures unsurvey'd invite
With thousand intercepted dangers fill'd, Their lord to various scenes of new delight.
And deaths of various kind; his right displays Come, see the dower I brought! My spacious downs, A temper'd blade, that spreads a formidable blaze. My numerous counties, and my ancient towns; He strikes the waves; th' obsequious waves obey, Landscapes of rising mountains, shaggy woods, And, opening in a gulph, disclose the downward way. Green valleys, smiling meadows, silver floods,
O Muse! by thce conducted down, I dare And plains with lowing herds enrich'd around, The secrets of the watery world declare; The bills with focks, the flocks with ficeces crowu'd. For nothing 'scapes thy view; to thee 'tis given, All these with native wealth thy power maintain, To range the space of earth, and seas, and heaven, And bloom with blessings of thy easy reign. Descry a thousand forms, conceal'd from sight, Haste, hoist thy sails! and through the foamy brine And in immortal verse to give the visions light. Rush to my arms! henceforth be wholly mine; A rock there lies, in depth of sea profound, After nine toilsome years, let slaughter cease,
About its clefts, rich beds of pearl abound,
She said; th’entreated winds her accents bore, With flowing waters, holds her secret seat
And wreathes the shells of fish a thousand ways,
In shoals, around their mighty mother, glide. Ko call'd in vain, when, fir'd with generous rage
Froin out the rock's wide cavern's deep below, Toppose the fury of a barbarous age,
The rushing ocean rises to its flow; like Jove with awful thander in his hand,
And, ebbing, here retires; within its sides,
Pillars unhewn, of living stone, bear high
And warn the ruler of the floods to rise, And now once more embark'd, propitious gales And check the raving winds, and the swoln waves Blow fresh from shore, and fill his hollow sails.
chastise. As when the golden god, that rules the day,
Rich spoils, by plundering tempests hither borne, Drives down his faming chariot to the sea,
An universe of wealth, the palace-rooms adorn. And leaves the nations here involv'd in night,
Before its entrance, broken wrecks are seen To distant regions he transports his light;
In heaps deform’d, a melancholy scene. & William's rays, by tums, two nations cheer; But far within, upon a mossy throne, And when he sets to them, he rises here.
With washy ooze and samphire overgrown, Forsaken Belgia, ere the ship withdrew,
The sea-green king his forky sceptre rears;
Since empire calls thee, and a glorious throne, A pearly crown circles his brows divine;
The river-gods, his numerous progeny,
Again, the shield in savage prospect shows On beds of rushes round their parent lie.
An ancient abbey', which rough woods caclouc ! Here Danube and the Rhine; Nile's secret source And precipices vast abruptly rise, Dwells here conceald; hence Tiber takes his course; Where, safe encamp'd, proud Luxemburgh defies Hence rapid Rhodanus his current pours;
All open violence, or close surprise. And, issuing from his urn, majestic Padus roars; But see! a second Hannibal from far, And Alpheus seeks, with silent pace, the lov'd Sici- Up the steep height, conducts th' entangled war. lian shores.
Brave Ossory, attended with the pride But, chief in honour, Neptune's darling son, Of English valour, charges by his side. The beauteous Thames, lies nearest to his throne. Enclos'd they fight; the forests shine around Nor thou, fair Boyne! shall pass unmention'd by, With flashing fires; the thunder'd bills rebound, Already sung in strains that ne'er shall dic. And the shock'd country, wide beneath, rebellows These, and a thousand more, whose winding trains
to the sound.
(Alight; Seek various lands, the wealthy sire maintains; Forc'd froni their holds, at length they speed their ? Each day, the fluid portions he divides,
Rich tents, and stores of war, the victor's toils reAnd fills their craving urns with fresh-recruited tides. Then peace ensues; and, in a shining train, (quite. But not alike; for oft his partial care
The friendly chiefs assemble on the plain.
An ardent zeal the Gallic general warms
Round their late dread, and the glad treaty bless His daily task, when sudden in his view
Next, on the broad circumference is wrought Appear'd the guardian power, all dazzling bright, The nine years' war for lov'd Britannia fought; And, entering, flash'd the caves with beamy light. The cause the same: fair Liberty betray'd, Boyne, Rhine, the Sambre, on their banks had seen And banish'd Justice, fly to him for aid. The glorious form, and knew his martial mien; Here sailing ships are drawn, the crowded strand, In throngs th' adıniring Nercids round him press'd, And Heaven's avenger hastening to the land. And Tritons crowd to view the heavenly guest. Oppression, Fraud, Confusion, and Aftright, Then thus, advancing, he his will explains. Fierce fiends, that ravag'd in the gloomy night “ O mighty sovereign of the liquid plains !
Of lawless Power, defeated, fly before his dazzling Haste, to the surface of the deep repair,
So to th' eclipsing Moon, by the still side (light.
To their deliverer's praise; glad senates there,
See where the Boyne two warring hosts divides, When, kindling in his soul, the martial flame And rolls between the fight his murmuring tides! Broke fiercely out, preluding future fame,
In vain-hills, forests, streams, must all give place, And round the frontiers dealt avenging fire:
When Williamn leads, and Victory's the chase. Swift from the hot pursuit the blasted foes retire. Thou saw'st him, Boyne! when thy charg'd waters Then battles, sieges, camps are grav'd afar,
bore And the long progress of the dreadful war.
The swimming coursers to th' opposing shore, Above the rest, Seneffe's immortal fight,
And, round thy banks, thou heard'st the murdering In larger figures offer'd to the sight, [light. With martial terrour charins, and gives a fierce de- What more than mortal bravery inspir'd Here the confed’rate troops are forc'd to yield, The daring troops, by his example tir'd! [court Driven by unequal numbers through the field: Thou saw'st their wondrous deeds; to Neptune's With his bright sword, young Nassau there with-Thy flying Waves convey'd the swift report, stands
And, red with slaughter, to their father show'd Their flight; with prayers and blows he urges his Streams not their own, and a discolour'd flood. commands,
Here, on th' ethereal mould, hurl'd from afar, Upbraids their fainting force, and boldly throws Th'exploded ball had mark'd a dinted scar. Himself the first amidst the wondering focs.
'Twas destin'd thus; for when, ali glowing red, What dare not men, by such a general led?
The angel took it from the forge, he said : Rallying with shouts, their hero at their head, “ This part be left unfated from the foe! Fir'd with new rage, asham'd they once did fly, And, scarce escap'd, once let the Hero know, Resolv'd t'o'ercome, or resolute to die,
How much to iny protection he shall owe; Thro' trampled heaps of slain they rush to victory. Yet, from the batter'd shield, the ball shall bound, Earth trembles at the charge; Death, Blood, and And on his arm inflict a scarlet wound.” Insatiate riot all the murderous day; [Prey, Elsewhere, behold Namur's proud turrets rise, Nor night itself their fury can allay;
Majestic to the sight, advancing to the skies! Till the pale Moon, that sickens at the sight, Retires behind a cloud, to blind the bloody fight.
· St. Dennis near Mous.