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The works are madn'd; with fury they contend; With Bashing fires; the thunder'd hills rebound, These thunder from the plains, those from the walls
delend. lows to the found.
Gre Forc'd from their holds, at length thcy speed their And lead a sweeping blaze, like comers, through flight;
the fly Rich tents, and stores of war, the vider's toils re- The kindled rcgion glors; with deafening sound Then peace ensues; and, in a thining train, They burst; their iron ehtrails, hurl'd aroond, The friendly chiefs allemble on the plain.
Sirow with thick-scatter'd deaths the crimson An ardent zeal the Gallic general warms
ground. To see the youth, that kindled such alarms; See, where the genius of the war appears, Wondering he vicws; secure the soldiers press Nor shuns the labour, nor the danger fears! Round wheir late dread, and the glad creaty blers. In clouds of sulphurous smoke he shines note Next, on the broad circumference is probght
[light. The nine years war fur lov'd Britannia foughs; For glory ruuud him waits, with beams of living The cause the same : fair liberty betray'd, At lengun the widen d gates a conquest own, And banish'd justice, ty to him for aid,
And to his arms rclign the yielding town. . Here failing thips are drawn, the crowded strand, Here, from the field return'd, with olive crown'd, And heaven's avenger haitening to the land. Applaucing throngs their welcume prince fure Uppression, fraud, confusion, and affright,
I und: Fierce fiends, that ravag'd in the gloumy night Bright honours in his glorious entry shine, Of lawless power, defeated, fly before his daz- And peace restor'd concludes the great design. zling light.
Long o'er the figur'd work, with vast surprise, So to th' eclipsing moon, by the still fide
Admiring Neptune rollid his ravish'd eyes; Of fonie lone thicket, revelling hags provide Then, rising from his throne, thus call'd aloud; Vire charms, that threat the Ileeping neighbour. " Ye lovely daughrers of the briny figod! (pare hood,
(blood; « Halte, comb your silver locks, and ièraight preAnd quaff, with magic mix'd, vast howls of human " To fill my train, and gaze in upper air. But, when the dawn reveals the purple eart, " This day, majestic glorics you shall see; They vanish fullen from th'unfinish'd fealt. " Conic, all ye watery powers, who under me Here joyful crowds triumphant arches rear
“ Your little trideutsted, and rule the boiterTo their deliverer's praise; glad fenates there, In fplendid pomp, thi regal state confer.
" What God, that views the triumphs here disa Hibernia's fields new triumphs then supply ;
play'd, The rival kings, in arms, the face of empire try. “ Can to luch worth refuse his heavenly aid ?" See where the Boyne two warring hosts divides, He Gaid no more-bu: bade two Tritons sound And rolls between the fight his murmuring tides ! Their crooked shells, to spread the summons round in vain-hills, forests, Itrcams, must all give place, Through the wide caves the blait is heard afar; When William leads, and victory's the chace. With speed two more provide his azure car, Thou sav'it hin, Boyne! when tby charg'd? A concave shell; choihe finn'd coursers join : Waters bore
All wait offcious ruund, and own ch'accullom'd The swimming coursers to th' opposing shore,
figu; And, round thy banks, thou heard'ld the mur- The god alcerds; his better hand sustains deriog cannons roar.
The three-fork'd (pear, his left directs the reins. What more than mortal bravery inspir'd
'l hrough breakirig waves, the chariot mounts him The daring troups, by his example first! [court
high; Thou saw it their wondrous deeds; to Neptune's | Before its thundering course, the frochy waters fly; Thy flying waves convey'd the Swift report, He gains the surface; on his cither fide, rond, red with faughter, to their father ihow'd The bright attendants, rang'd with comely pride, Streanis not their own, and a discolour'd food. trivance in just array, and
pompous Here, on th' ächereal mould, hurl'd from afar,
tide. Th' exploded ball had mark'd a dinted scar.
Meanwhile Britannia's king conspicuous stood, 'Iwas dettin'd thus; for when all glowing red, And, from his deck, furvey'd the boundless flood, The angel took it from the forge, he said;
Smooth was the glatly scene, the fun beheld This part be left unfated from the foc!
His face unclouded in the liquid field.
Enclose the ruler of the British main,
Their loud complaints, the foothing lay to hear. Elsewhere, behold Namur's proud turrets rise, “ Hail, facred charge, they cry; the beauties we Majestic to the light, advancing to the skics! « Of Neptune's court, are come cattend on thee; The Meuse and Sambre here united flow,
Accept our offer'd aid! thy potent (way, Nature's defer.ce against th' invading foe :
" Unbounded by the land, there watery realms Industrious art her strength of walls supplics :
[mage pay. Before the rouin the British army lies.
Adid we thy subjcct-powers our ducсous ho
« See Neptune's self, inferior in command,
Therefore I conclude with my humble reque « Presents his trident to thy honour'd hand !" that your Grace would favour this ode with you They said; the fire approach'd with awe pro.) acceptance, and do me the honour of believing found;
[Cound; that, among the crowd of your admirers, there is
Your Grace's most humble,
And noft obedient servant,
THE HOUSE OF NASSAU.
wife men ;
GODDESS of numbers, and of thoughts sublime !
Celeliial muse! whore tuneful fong
Can fix heroic acts, thut glide along
Down the vast sea of ever wasting time,
And all the gilded images can stay,
Till time's valt sea itself be roll'd away ;
O nou aslift with confecrated strains!
Let art and nature join to raise
A living monument of praise
O'er Willian's great remains.
While Thames, majettically sad, and flow,
Seems by chat reverend dome to flow,
Which new-interr'd his sacred urn contains.
If thou, O muse, would'st e'er inmortal be,
and your Grace has given sufficient proofs, that you are of that nuniber. It can never Begin--the spring of virtue trace, therefore be thought too late to offer a just tribute That, from afur descending, flow'd to his late majesty's memory, and to that of his Through the rich veins of all the goulike race, great ancestors, a race fo illustriously distinguished And fair icnown on all the godlike race bestow'd ! in Europe ; though this indeed might sooner have This ancient fource of noble blood been attempted, but for many interruptions, too Through thie, Germania, wandering wide, inconsiderable for your Grace's notice. How I Like thy own Rhine's enriching tide, have performed is humbly submitted to your In numerous branches long diflus'd its tlood. Grace's judgment, and to the judgment of all those Rhine, scarce inore ancient, never grac'd thee gentlemen who are used to entertain thcniselves with writings of this fort. But if, through the Though mantling vines his comely head surround, author's want of genius, the poem itself thould be And all along his funny shore thought inconsiderable, I am sure it will have fome Eternal plinty's found. distinction from the great names it celebrates, and the great patron it is inscribed to. And to whom From heaven itself the illustrious line began; should the praises of eminent virtue be addressed, Tun ages in descent ir ran, but to such as are poffcffcd of great virtues thien. In each delcent incrcas'd with honours new. selves? To whoni can I better present the chief Never did heaven's Supreme inspire characters of a noble and ancient family, than to In mortal breasts a nobler fire, your Grace, whose family is fo ancient and so Nor his own image livelier drew. noble? And here I am proud to acknowledge that Os pure æthereal fiame their souls he made, some of my relations have been honoured with And, as beneath his forming hands they grew, marks of favour from your Grace's illustrious an- lle blefs'd the niaster-work, and fuid; cestors. This I confess has long given me the ani- " Go forth, my honour'd champions, go, bition of offering my duty to your Grace; but " To vindicate my cause below! chiefly that valuable characer your Grace has ob- " Awful in power, defend for me zained among all worthy persons.
I have not
Religion, justice, liberty,
" And at aspiring tyranny,
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284 " For this, the great Naslovian name I raise,
His muffled face in fullen clouds, " And still this character divine,
And, on the scaffolds, faintly theds a pale paligDistinguish'd through the race shall fhine,
nant light. « Zeal for their country's good, and thirst of vir. cuous praise.'
Thus Belgia's liberty expiring lay,
And almost gasp'd her generous life away,
Till Orange hears her moving cries;
He hears, and marching * from afar,
Brings to her aid the sprightly war.
Of gather'd strength, she on her murderers flics.
By proofs adverse his constancy,
Through Lombardy he inark'd his conquer'd Will he desperate war maintain?
And thunder breaks around his head,
Will he again the faithless fea explore,
Unwearied, still the spite of fortune braves,
Such was the man, fo vast his mind!
The steady instrument of fate,
My muse with horror views the scene behind,
And fain would draw a sbade, and fain
Would hide his destin'd end, nor tell
How he-the dreaded foe of Spain,
More fear'd than thousands on the plain,
By the vile hand of a bold ruffian fell.
No more-th' ungrateful prospect let us leave!
And, in his room, behold arise,
Bright as ch' immortal twins that grace the skies,
A noble 1 pair, his absence to retrieve!
In these the hero's soul survives,
And Willian doubly in his offspring lives.
Maurice, for martial greatness, far
His father's glorious fame excecds;
Henry alone cap match his broiher's deeds;
Both were, like Scipio's fons, the thunderbolts of O love to worthy deeds, in all great souls the same! None e'er, than Maurice, better knew, (war.
Camps, sieges, barcles, to ordain;
The flying foe, or earlier conquests gain.
For scarce fixteen revolving years he told,
When, eager for the fight, and bold,
Inflan'd by glory's sprightly charnus,
His brother brought him to the field;
hand the truncheon well t His tyrant reign requir'd far other aid; [rose;
wield, And Alva's fiery duke, his scourge of vengeance,
, And practis'd hin betimes to arms.
Let Flandrian Newport tell of wonders wrought
With emulous honour, and with mutual love;
# He was then in Germany:
+ The Counts Lodowick arid Hoorv.. * Adolphus the cmperor, of the housc of Nadu.
\" Saevis tranquillus in uavis," the Prince's motto. Reac or Nallau. # Charles V,
H Maurice nad lletry.
How Maurice, touch'd with tender care Of Henry's safety, begg'd him to remove;
Here pause, my muse! and wind up higher Henry refus'd his blooming youth to spare,
The ftrings of thy Pindaric lyre! But with his much-lov'd Maurice vow'd to Then with bold strains the lofty song pursue ; prove
And bid Britannia once again review Th' extremes of war, and equal dangers share. The numerous worthies of the line. O generous strife! and worthy such a pair !
Sex, like immortals, how they shins ! How dear did Albert this contention pay!
Each life a history alone! Witness the floods of streaming gore;
And last, to crown the great design, Witness the crampled heaps, that chok'd the Look forward, and behold them all in one! plain,
Look, but fpare thy fruitless tears And flopp'd the vidors in their way;
'Tis thy owo William next appears. Witness the neighbouring sea, and sandy shore, Advance, celestial form ! let Britain fee Drunk with the purple life of twice three thou- Th' accomplish'd glory of thy race in thee! fand llain!
So, when some fplendid triomph was to come, Fortune, that on her wheel capricious stands, In long procession through the streets of Rome, And waves her painted wings, inconstant, The crowd beheld, with vast surprise, proud,
The glittering train in awful order move, Hood-wink'd, and shaking from her hands To the bright temple of Feretrian Jove ; [eyes; Promiscuous gifts among the crowd,
And trophies borne alonglemploy'd their dazzled Restless of place, and still prepar'd for fight, But when the laureld emperor, mounted high Was constant here, and secm'd restor'd to fight;
Above the rest, appear'd to fight, Won by their merit, and resolv'd to blets
lo his proud car of victory, The happy brothers with a long success—
Shining with rays excessive bright, Maurice, the first resign'd to face :
He put the long precediog pomp to flight; The youngest had a longer date,
Their wonder could no higher rise, And liv'd the space appointed to complete With joy they throng his chariot wheels, and The great republic, rais’d so high before ;
rend with shouts the skies. Finish'd by him, the stately fabric bore Its lofty top aspiring to the sky:
To thee, great prince! to thy extensive mind, In vain the winds and rains arourid it beat;
Not by ihy country's aarrow bounds contin'd, In vain, below, the waves tempeftuous roar,
The fares an aniple scene afford; They dash themselves, and break, and back- And injur'd nations claim the succour of thy sword. ward fly,
No respite to thy toils is given, Dispers'd and murmuring at his feet.
Till thou asceud thy native heaven : lusulting Spain the fruitless itrife gives o'er,
One hydra-head cut off, fill more abound, And clainis dominion there no more,
And twios sprout up to fill the wouoc. Then Henry, ripe for ininwrtality,
So endleli is the talk that heroes find His flight to heaven cternal farings,
Tu tame the monster vice, and to reform mar. And, o'er his quiet grave, peace spreads her
For this, Alcides heretotore, kind. downy wings.
And nighty Theseus, travel'd o'er
Vast tracts of sea and land, and flew (preyi His son, a second William, fills his place,
Wild beasts and serpents gorg'd with humani And climbs to manhood with so swift a pace,
Fron itony dens fierce lurking robbers drew, As if he knew he had not long to say;
And bid the cheerful traveller pals on his praceSuch young Marcellus was, the hopeful grace
(pursue, Of ancient Rome, but quickly smacch'd away. Yet, though the toilsonie work they long Breda beheld th' adventurous boy,
To rid the world's wild pathless field, His tender limbs in shining armour dress'd,
Suill soisonous weeds and thorns in clusters Where, with his father, the hoe liege he press'd.
grew, His father saw, with plealing joy,
And large unwholesome crops did yield, His own reflected worth, and youthtul charms To exercise their hands with labours ever nem. express'd.
(alarms, But, when his country breath'd from war's Thou, like Alcides, cariy didft begin, His martial virtues lay obscure ;
And ev'n child didit laurels win. Nor could a warrior, fan'd for arms,
Two snaky plagues around his cradle twin'd, Th' inglorious reft endure;
Sent by the jcalous wife of Jove, But ficken'd soon, and sudden dy'd,
In fpeckled wreaths of Death they dirove, And left in tears his pregoant bride,
The mighty babe to bind : His bride, the daughter of Britannia's king; And twisted faction, in thy infancy, Nor saw th' auspicious pledge of nuptial love, Darted her forky tongue at thee. Which from that happy marriage was to But, as Jove's offspring flew his hilling focsi spring,
above. So thou, descended from a live But with his great forefathers gain'd a blissful seat Of patrio's no less divine,
it io her gore.
PO ENI S.
Well was this mighty trust repos'd in thče,
(!nterefts which vulgar princes know), Yet soon dispellid the drooping mists, and gilded O'er ail its palioos fat exalted high, all the skies.
As Teneriff's top enjoys a purer ky,
And sees the moving clouds ar ditance fty below.
Whoe'er thy was like apnais reads,
The glorious deeds archiev'it by thee; Though Crecy's desperate fight eternal honours
Though the fifth Henry too does claim
Yet the loud voice of ever-living fame
Of the more numerous triumphs fogs.
Thar e or before was known to fame! In all the long records of history,
Which thall the fairelt light derive,
On thy inmortal memory;
Whether Seneff's amazing field
Or both give place to more amazing Bogne;
Or if Namur's well-cover'd siegt must all the ref:
And turn up Cones, and broken (pears,
The relicks of vidorious years (regair. This vi&ory o'er thyself was inore, And cell, how (wift thy arms that kingdom dia Than all thy couquetts gain 'd before:
Flapdria, a longer witness to thy glory, 'Twas more than Philip's son could do,
With wondcr too repeats thy tory;
In the hot battle, when it bled
As if their evil genius thou hadt been : (pear,
How, when the blooming spring begao t'ap-
And with new life restor'd the year,
Confederate princes us'd to cry:
“Call Britain's kigg—the sprightly crumpet sound, And make the world, endav'd, his vicious will " dod spread the joyful summons round! obey!
" Call Bricaic's king, and vidory,!"" How has this fiend anibition long defac'd So when the flower of Greece, to battle led Heaven's works, and laid the fair creation In beauty's cause, just vengeance (wore waste !
(crown'd, Upon she loul adulterer's tead,
The Grecian chiets, of mighiş fine,
lopatient for the top of Thetis wait;
ar laid the son of Thetis came; Scarce are their slept ruins found;
Trop hook hier nodding towers, and mourn'd thi But, in th' ensuing age,
impending face. Trampled into comnion ground, Vul hide che horrid monuments of Gaul's de
O sacred peace! goddess serene! ftroying rage.
Adorn'd with robes of spotless white,
Fairer chan filver floods of light!
How thort has chy mild empire beca:
+ Edware III, and ide ac Prince