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The prince long time had courted fortune's love,
gain. XXXVII. Happy, who dever trust a stranger's will,
The duke beheld, like Scipio, with disdain,
The reft, at gaze, without the lists did ftand; Whom matrons palling to their children show >
And future people bless them as they go. Kepe idle thunder in his lifted hand.
With them no riotous pomp, nor Asian train, Thas eanach guardian of rich Holland's trade, To infect a navy with their gaudy fears;
Who envies us what he wants power t'enjoy ; To make flow fights, and victories but vain :
But war severely like itself appears.
Diffusive of themselves, where'er they pass,
They make that warmth in others they expect : He takes this time his secret hate to fhew : Their valour works like bodies on a glass, Which Charles does with a mind so calm receive, And does its image on their men project. As one that neither seeks nor shuns his foc.
Our fleet divides, and straight the Dutch appear, With France, to aid the Dutch, the Dancs unite : In number, and a fam'd commander, bold :
France as their tyrant, Denmark as their fave. The narrow feas can scarce their navy bear,
The Duke, less numerous, but in courage more, Lewis had chas'd the English from his shoře ; On wings of all the winds to combat flies :
Bur Charles the French as subjects does invite : His murdering guns a loud defiance roar,
Both surl their fails, and strip them for the Were subjects so but only by their choice,
fight; And not from birth did forc'd dominion take, Their folded sheets dismiss the useless air : Dar prince alone would have the public voice ; Th’Elean plains could boast no pobler fight, And all his neighbours realms would deserts When struggling champions did their bodies make.
bare. XLV. He without fear a dangerous war pursues,
Borne each by other in a dilant line, Which without rashness he began before :
The sea-built forts in dreadful order move : As honour made him first the danger chufe, So vast the noise, as if not fleets did join, So still he makes it good on virtue's score. But lands unfix'd, and floating nations srove.
XLVI. The doubled charge his fubje&s love supplies, Now pass’d, on either side they nimbly tack ;
Who in that bounty to themselves are kind : Both strive to intercept and guide the wind : So glad Egyptians see their Nilus rise,
And, in its eye, more closely they come back, And in his plenty their abundance find.
To finish all the deaths they left behind. With equal power he does two chiefs create, On high-rais'd decks the hanghty Belgian, ride, T#cofuch as each seem'd worthielt when Beneath whose shade our humble frigates go : alone;
port the elephant bears, and fo dety'd Eich able to sustain a nation's fate,
By the rhinoceros her uncqual foe.
And as the built, so different is the fight ;
Ya neither envious of the other's praise; Deep in their hulls our deadly bullets light, Their duty, faith, and interest too the fame, And through the yielding planks a passage Like mighty partners equally they raise.
LXI. Our dreaded admiral from far they threat, His wounded men he first fends off to shore,
Whofe batter'd rigging their whole war receives: Nevet till now uuwilling to obey; All bare, like some old oak which tempefts beat, They, not their wounds' but want of strength, He ftands, and sees below his scatter'd leaves.
And think them happy who with him can stay.-Heroes of old, when wounded, shelter sought;
But he who meets all danger with disdain, Then to the rest, Rejoice, said he, to-day! : Ev’n in their face his ship to anchor brought, In you the fortune of Great Britain lies : And steeple-high stood propt upon the main. Among fo brave a pcople, you are they (prize
Whom heaven hath chose to fight for such a At this excess of courage, all amaz’d,
LXXVI. The foremost of his foes a while withdraw: If number English courages could quell, (focs: With such respect in enter'd Rome they gaz'd, We should at first have fhunn'd, not met our Who on high chairs the god-like fathers saw. Whose numerous fails the fearful only tell :
Courage from hearts and not from numbers And now, as where Patroclus' body lay,
grows. Here Trojan chiefs advanc'd, and there the Greek;
LXXVII. Ours o'er the Duke their pious wing display, He said, not needed more to say: with halte And theirs the nobleft fpoils of Britain feek. To their known stations cheerfully they go;
And all at once, disdaining to be last Mean-time his busy mariners he hastes,
Solicit every gale to meet the foc. His hatter'd fails with rigging to restore ;
LXXVIII. And willing pines ascend his broken masts, Nor did th’ encourag'd Belgians long delay, Whose lofty heads rise higher than before. But bold in others, not themselves, they stood: LXVI.
So thick, our navy scarce could fteer their way, Straight to the Dutch he turns his dreadful prow, But seem'd to wander in a moving wood.
More fierce th' important quarrel to decide : Like swans, in long array his vefsels show, Our little fleet was now engaged so far, (fought: Whose crests advancing do the waves divide, That like the sword-fith in the whale they
The combat only seem'd a civil war, "They charge, recharge, and all along the sea Till through their bowels we our pasage
They drive, and squander the huge Belgian fleet, wrought. Berkeley alone, who nearest danger lay,
LXXX. Did a like fate with loft Creüla meet.
Never had valour, no not ours, before
Done aught like this upon the land or main. The night comes on, we eager to pursue
Were not to be c'ercome was to do more
And armed Edwards look'd with anxious eyes, In th’English fleet cach thip resounds with joy, To see his ficct among unequal foes.
(rife. And loud applause of their great leader's fame : By which fate promis’d them their Charles should In fiery dreams the Dutch they still destroy,
And raking chase-guns through our steras they Not so the Holland fleet, who, tir’d and done,
Silent in smoke of cannon they come on: In dreams they fearful precipices tread :
Such vapours once did fiery Cacus hide : Or, shipwreck'd, labour to fome distant fhore: In these the height of pleas'd revenge is hewn, Or in dark churches walk among the dead;
Who burn contented by another's lide. They wake with horror and dare sleep no more.
Sometimes from fighting squadrons of each ficet, The morn they look on with unwilling eyes, Deceiv'd themselves, or to preserve som friend,
Till from their main-top joyful news they hear Two grapling #nas on the ocean meet. of ships, which by their mould bring new fup And English fires with Belgian fames contend. And in their colours Belgian lions bear. (plies,
Now at each tack our little fieet grows less ; Our watchful general had discern'd from far And, like mnaim'd fowl, swim lagging on the
This mighty succour, which made glad the foe: main :
His face spake hope, while deep his sorrows While they lofe cheaper than the English gain,
LIXXVI. liste ten not feen, when whistled from the fift, The moon shone clear on the becalméd flood,
Som: falcon floops at what her eye defign'd, Where, while her beams like glittering silver play,
Who twice victorious did our navy fee :
Without one ray of all his far for me.
He could not conquer, and disdain'd to fly; And all the ocean make my spacious grave :
Women and cowards on the land may lie ; Like falling Celar, decently :o die.
The sea's a tomb that's proper for the brave. Yet pity did his manly spirit move,
Restless he pass'd the remnant of the night, To see those perith who so well had fought: Till the fresh air proclaim'd the morning nigh a and graciously with his deípair he strove,
And burning ships, the martyrs of the fight, Reiglu'd to hve till he their safety wrought. With paler fires behold the eaitern lky.
Of cocquer'd nations tell, and kings restor'd: His naked valvur is his only guard :
Rare thunders are from his dumb cannot sent, Which, like the sun's, more wonders does afford. And solitary guns are scarcely heard.
xci. He drew his mighty frigates all before,
Thus far had fortune power, he fore'd to stay, On which his foe his fruitless force employs : Nor longer durft with virtue be at ftrife : His weak ones deep into his rear he bore
This is a ransom Albemarle did pay,
And felowing smoke obicur'd them from the Whose waving itreamers the glad general knows;
And every ship in swiit proportion grows. Ellewhere the Belgian force we did defeat, The anxious prince had heard the cannon long, But here our crurages did theirs subdue :
And from that length of time dire omens drew So Xenophon once led that fam'd retreat, Of Englith overmatch'd, and Dutch too strong, Which Grkt the Asian empire overthrew.
Who never fought three days, but to pursue. The foe approach'd ; and one for his bold sin Then, as an eagle, who with picue care
Was lunk; as he thac touch'd the ark was lain: Was beating widely on the wing for prey,
And finds her callow infants forc'd away: This feen, the rest at awful distance stood : Stung with her love, she stoops upon the plain, As if they had been there as fervants set
The broken air loud whistling as the flies : To tay, or to go on, as he thought good,
She stops and liftens, and ihoots forth again, Aad Dot pursue but wait on his retreat.
And guides her pinions by her young ones cries, XCVI. 3: Libyao huntsmen, on some sandy plain, With such kind passion hates the prince to sight,
Freun ihady coverts rouz'd, the lion chace : And spreads his flying canvass to the found:
Ad lowly moves, unknowing to give place. Now abfent every little noile can wound.
Hisings his tail, and swifily turns hiin round; And gape upon the gather'd clouds for rain;
And with the other tears him to the ground, And with wet wings joys all the feather’d :rain: ! Amid these toils fucceeds the balmy night; With such glad hearts did our despairing men
How hifung waters the quench'd guns restore ; Salute th' appearance of the prince's tleet; And weary waves withdrawing from the fight, And cach ambitioully would claim the ken, i lalld and panting on the lilent shore. That with firft eyes diil distani fality micet.
His presence soon blows up the kindling fight, The prince unjustly does his stars accuse,
And his loud guns speak thick like angry men : Which hinder'd him to push his fortune on ; It seem'd as slaughter had been breath'd all night, For what they to his courage did refuse,
And death new pointed his dull dart again. By mortal valour never must be done.
No tender thoughts of home his heart divide; The Phænix, daughter of the vanilh'd old,
And sanguine streamers seem the flood to fire : Till time digests the yet imperfe& ore,
The weaver, charm'd with what his loom design d, And know it will be gold another day;
Goes on to Ica, and knows not to retire. CXL. So looks our fronarch on this early fight, With roomy decks, her guns of mighty strength,
Th' eflay and rudiments of great success: Whofe low-laid mouths each mounting billow Which all-maturing time must bring to light,
laves : While he like heaven does each day's labour bless. Deep in her draught, and warlike in her length, CXLI.
She seems a sea-wasp flying on the waves. Heaven ended not the firft or second day,
Yet each was perfect to the work design'd: This martial present, piously design'd, Guiand kings work, when they their work survey, The loyal city give their best.lov'd king : å paflive aptness in all subjects find.
And with a bounty ample as the wind,
Built, fitted, and maintain'd, to aid him bring, In burden'd vessels first with speedy care,
His plenteous stores do seafond timber fend : By viewing nature, nature's handmaid, art Thither the brawny carpenters repair,
Makes mighty things from small beginnings And as the surgeons of maim'd ships attend.
Thus fishes first to shipping did impart,
His navy's molted wings he imps once more :
And hollow'd first a floating trough became,
Like labouring bees on a long summer's day,
And untaught Indian on the stream did glide :
Ere sharp-keeld boats to stem the flood did With glewy wax some new foundations lay
learn, Of virgin-combs which from the roof are hung: Or fin-like oars did spread from either side. Some arm'd within doors upon duty stay, Or tend the sick, or educate the young.
Add but a fail, and Saturn so appear’d,
When from loft empire he to exile went, So here some pick out bullets from the sides, [rift: And with the golden age to Tyber steerd,
Some drive old okum through each feam and Where coin and commerce first he did invent. Their left hand does the calking iron guide, The rattling mallet with the right they lift. Rude as their ships was navigation then; CXLVII.
No useful compass or meridian known; With boiling pitch another near at hand, Coasting, they kept the land within their ken,
From friendly Sweden brought, the seams instops: And knew no North but when the Pole-star Which, well paid o'er,the fale sea waves withstand,
shone. And shakes them from the rising beak it drops. CXLVIII.
Of all who since have us'd the open sea, Some the gall’d ropes with dawby niarline bind, Than the bold Englith none more fame have
Or fear-cloth masts with strong tarpawling coats: To try new shrouds one mounts into the wind, Beyond the year, and out of heaven's high way,
And one below their ease or stiffness notes. They make discoveries where they see no sun.
But what so long in vain, and yet unknown,
By poor mankind's benighted wit is sought, Shail in this age to Britain first be shown,
And hence be to admiring nations taught.
Our careful monarch ftands in person by,
His new-cast cannons firniness to explore :
And this which ait lait winter were abroad;
Ot acw from Rocks, were fall’n into the road.
The ebbs of tides and their mysterious flow,
We, as art's elements, thall under land,
Whofe paths thall be iamiliar as the lande