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They saw the rampires e!!pty stand, Those Afric deserts straight were double deserts The fleets, the walls, the forts unmann'd.

The ravenous beasts were left alone, (grown, | No need of cruelty or flaughters now, 'The ravenous beasts then tirst began

The plague had finih'd what they came to do; To pity their old enemy man,

They might now unresisted enter there, And blam'd the plague for what they would them Did they not the very air selves have done.

More than the Athenians fear. Nor said the cruel evil there,

The air itself to them was wall and bulwarks too Nor could be long confin'd unto one air; Plagues prefericly forsake

Unhappy Athens! it is true thou wert The wildernefs which they themselves do make. The proudelt work of nature and of art : Away the deadly breaths their journey take, Learning and strength did thee compose, Driven by a mighty wind,

As soul and body 15 : They a new booty and fresh forage find

But yet thou only thence art made The loaded wind went fwisely on,

A nobler prey for fates t'invade; And as it pass'd, was heard to righ and groan. Those mighty numbers that within thec On Egypt next it seiz'd,

breathe, Nor could but by a general ruin be appeas'd, Do only serve to make a farter feast for death.

Egypt, in rage, hack on the fouth did look, Dea: h in the mott frequented palace lives;! And wonder'd thence thould come ch' unhappy Most tribute from the crowd receives; stroke,

And though it bears a scythe, and seems to own From whence before her fruitfulness she took.)

A ruftic lile alone, Egype did now curle and revile

It loves no wilderness, Thole very lands from whence she has her Nile; No scatrer'd villages, Egypt now fear'd another Hebrew God,

Bue mighty populous palaces, Another angel's hand, a second Aaron's rod.

The throng, the tumult, and the town.

What ftrange unheard-of conqueror is this, Then on it goes, and through the sacred land Which by the forces that refiit it doth increase! Its angry forces did command;

When other conquerors are But God did place an angel there

Obliged to make a flower war, In violence to withstand,

Nay sometimes for themselves inay fear,' And turn into another road the putrid air.

And must proceed with watchful care, To Tyre ic came, and there did all discover ; When thicker troops of cnemies appear; Though that by seas might think itself secure. This stronger ftill, and more successful grows, Nor staid, as the great conqueror did,

Down sooner ali before it throws, 'Till it liad fill'd and stopp'd the side, If greater multitudes of men do it oppose.

Which did it from the Thore divide, But pass'd the waters, and did all possefs,

The tyrant first the haven did fubdue; And quickly all was wildernels.

Lately th' Athenians (id knew)
Thence it did Persia over-run,

Themselves by wooden walls did fave,
And all that facrifice unto the sun:

And therefore first to them th' infection gave, In every limb a dreadful pain they felt,

Lelt they new fuccour hence receive.
Tortur'd with secret coals they melt; Cruel Pyræus! now thou haft undone
The PorGans call'd their fun in vain,

The horour thou before badit won; • Their god increasid the pain.

Not all thy merchandise,
They look'd up to their god no more,

Thy wealth, thy treafuries,
But curic the beams they worshipped before, Which from all coaits thy fleet supplies,
And hate the very fire which once they did adore. Can to atone this crime fuffice.

Next o'er the upper town it spread,
Glutted with the ruin of the cast,

With mad and undifecrning Specd;
She took her wings, and down to Athens pass'd; In every corner, every street,
Just plague! which doit vo par:ies take,

Without a guide did set its feet,
But Greece as well as Perfia dack,

And too familiar every house did greet.
While in unnatural quarrels they

Unhappy queen of Greece: great Thescus now (Like frogs and mice) each other slay;

Did thee a mortal injury do,
Thou in thy ravenous claws took'll both away. When firit in walis I did thee close,
Thither it canie, and did dcftroy the town, When firit he did thy citizens reduce,
Whilst all its fhips and soldiers looked on ; Houses and government, and laws to ufc.
And now the Asian plague did more

It had been better if thy people tall
Than all the Asian force could do before.

Dispersed in some field or hill, Without the wall the Spartan army fate, Though favage and undisciplined, did dwell, The Spartan army came too late :

Though barbarous, untame, and rude, For now there was no farther work for fate, Than by their numbers thus to be subdu'd, They saw the city open lay,

To be by their own swarms annoy'd,
Ad caly and a bootlefs preyi

And to be çiviliz!d only to be destroy'd.

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No food would there abide, Minerva started when the heard the noise, Or if it did, curn'd ro the enemy's fide, And dying men's confused voice.

The very meat new poisons to the plague fupply'd.
From heaven in hafte, she came, to see

Next, to the heart the fires came,
What was the mighty prodigy.

The heart did wonder what usurping dame, Upon the castle pinnacles Me fat,

What unknown furnace, should 'And dar'd not nearer fly,

On its more natural heat intrude; Nor midt so many deaths to trust her very deity. Straight call'd its spirits up, but found too well

, With pitying look she saw at every gate

It was too late now to rebel.
Death and destruction wait :

The tainted blood its course began,
She wrung her hands, and callid on Jove,

And carried death where'er it ran; And all th' immortal powers above;

That which before was nature's nobleft art, But though a goddess now did pray,

The circulation from the heart,
The heavens refus'd, and turn'd their ear away.

Was most destructful now,
She brought her olive and her shield,

And nature speedier did undo,
Neither of these, alas! assistance yield.

For char the sooner did impart
She lookt upon Medusa's face,

The poison and the smart,
Was angry that she was

Th' infectious blood to every diftant parte
Herself of an immortal race,
Was angry that her Gorgon's head

The belly felt at last its share, Could not strike her as well as others dead.

And all the subtile labyrinths there She sat and wept a while, and then away the fled. Of winding bowels did new monilers bear.

Here seven days it rul'd and sway'd, Now death began her sword to whet,

And often kill'd, because it deach so long delay'd

. Not all the Cyclops sweat,

Eut if through strength and heat oí age Nor Vulcan's mighey anvils, could prepare

The body overcame its rage, Weapons enough for her.

The plague departed as the devil doth, No weapons large enough, but all the age

When driven by prayers away he goeth

. Men felt the heat within them rage,

If prayers and heaven do him codiroul

, And hop'd the air would it assuage,

And if he cannot have the soul, Callid for its help, but th' air did them deceive, Himself out of the roof or window throws, And aggrevate the ills it should relieve.

And will not all his labour lose, The air no more was vical now,

But takes away with him part of the house : But did a mortal poison grow :

So here the vanquish'd evil took from them The lungs, which us'd to fan the heart,

Who conquer'd it, some part, fame limbs Only now serv'd to fire each part;

Some lost the use of hands and eyes, What should refresh, increas'd the sinart :

Some arms, fone legs, some thighs; And now their very breath,

Si me all their lives before forgot, The chiefest sign of life, was turn'd the cause Their minds were but one darker blot; of deach.

Those various pictures in the head,

And all the numerous shapes were ded; Upon the head first the disease,

And now the ranlack'd memory As a bold conqueror, doch seize,

Languifh'd in naked poverty, Begins with man's metropolis,

Had loft its mighty treasury; Secur'd the capicol, and then it knew

They pass'd the Lethe lake, although they did as It could at pleasure weaker parts subduc. Blood started through each eye ;

Whatever lefser maladies men had, The redness of that sky

They all gave place and vanished; Foretold a cenipest nigh.

Those petty tyrants fled, The tongue did How all o'er

And at this mighty conqueror thrunk their bead. With clotted filth and gore;

Fevers, agues, pallies, stone, As doth a lion's when some innocent prey

Gout, cholic, and consumption, He hath devour'd and brought away :

And all the milder generation, Hoarsencís and fores the throat did fill,

By which mankind is by degrees undone, And stopt the passages of speech and life;

Quickly were rooted out and gone; No room was left for groans or gricf;

Men faw themselves freed from the pain, Too cruel and iinperious ill!

Rejoic'd, but all, alas, in vain : Which, not content to kill,

'Twas an unhappy remedy, With tyrannous and dreadful pain;

Which cur'd them that they night both forke Doft take from men the very power to complain.

and sooner die, XII. Then down it went into the breast,

Physicians now could nought prevail, There all the seats and shops of life possess'd. They the first spoils to the proud ridor fall; Such noisome smells from thence did conie, Nor would thc plague their knowledge trait

, As if the ston:ach were a comb;

But fear’d their ikill, and therefore lew the

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So tyrants, when they would confirm their yoke, Unusual shapes and images,

First make the chiesest men to feel the stroke, Dark pidures and resemblances The chiefelt and the wiseft heads, lest they

Of things to come, and of the world below, Should sooneit disobey,

(way. O'er their distemper'd fancies go: Should first rebel, and others learn from them the Sometimes they curse, sometimes they pray unta No aid of herbs, or juices power,

The gods above, the gods beneath ;
None of Apollo's art could cure,

Sometimes they cruelties and fury breathe,
But help'd the plague the speedier to devour. Not fleep, but waking now was fifter unto death,

Phyfic itself was a disease,
Physic the fatal cortures did increase,

Scatter'd in fields the bodies lay, (away.
Prescriptions did the pains renew,

The earth call'd to the fowls to take their fleih And Æsculapius to the sick did come,

In va; he call'd, they come not nigh, As afterwards to Rome,

Nor would their food with their own ruin lo form of serpent, brought new poisons with

buy : him too.

But at full meals they hunger, pine, and dic.

The vultures afar off did fog the seast, The streams did wonder that, so soon

Rejoic'd, and call’d their friends to taste, As they were from their native mountains gone, They rallied up their troops in halte They saw themselves drunk up, and fear,

Along came mighty droves,
Another Xerxes' army near.

Forsook their young ones and their groves,
Some cast into the pit the urn,

Each one his native mountain and his neit; And drink it dry at his return;

They come, but all their carcases abhor, Again they drew, again they drank:

And now avoid the dead men more At firft the coolness of the stream did thank,

Than weaker birds did living men before. But straight the more were scorch'd, the more But if some bolder fowls the flesh assay, did burn ;

They were destroy'd by their own prey. And, drunk with water, in their drinking fat : The dog no longer bark's at coming guest, That urn which now to quench their thirst Repents its being a domestic beaft, they use,

Did to the woods and mountains hafte :
Shortly their ashes shall enclose:

The very owls at Athens are
Others into the chryftal brook

But seldom seen and rare,
With faint and wondering eyes did look,

The owls depart in open day,
Saw what a ghaltly shape thenifelves had cook, Rather than in infected ivy more to stay.
Away they would have fled, but them their legs
forfook.

Mountains of bones and carcases,
Some snatch the waters up,

The treets, the market-place possess,
Their hands, their mouths the cup :

Threatening to raise a new Acropolis.
They drank, and found they flam'd the more,

Here lics a mother, and her child, And only added to the burning store.

The infant suck'd as yet, and smil'd,
So have I seen on lime cold water thrown,

But straight by its own food was kill'de
Straight all was to a ferment grown, Their parents hugg'd their children last,
And hidden seeds of fire together run:

Here parting lovers last embrac'd,
The heap was calm and temperate before,

But yet not parting neither,
Such as the finger could endure;

They both expir'd, and went away together.
But, when the moistures it pruvoke,

Here pritoners in the dungeon die,
Did rage, did swell, did smoke,

And gain a 'wo-fold liberty;
Did move, and fame, and burn, and straight They meet and thank their pains,
to ashes broke.

Which them from double chains

Of body and of iron frce.
So strong the heat, so strong the torments were, Here others, poison'd by the scent
They like some mighty burden bear

Which from corrupted bodies went,
The lightest covering of air.

Quickly return the death they did receive, All sexes and all ages do invade,

And death to others give ;
The bounds which nature laid,

Themselves now dead the air pollute the more,
The laws of modesty and nature made:

For which they others curs'd before, The virgins blush not, yet uncloth'd appear,

Their bodies kill all that come near,
Undress'd to run about, yet never fear,

And even after death they all are murderers here.
The pain and the disease did now
Unwillingly reduce men to

The friend doch hear the friend's last crics,
That nakedness once more,

Parteth his grief for him, and dies, Which perfect health and innocence caus'd before. Lives not enough to close his eyes. No fleep, no peace, no ret,

The father at his death
Their wandering and affrighted minds possess’d; Speaks his son heir with an infe&ious brcach;
Upon their souls and eyes

In the fame hour the fun doch take
Hell and ciernal horror liès,

His father's will ard his own make.

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The servant need so here he fain,
To serve his master in the other world again;

Up farts the foldier from his bed,
They languilling together lie,

He, though death's servaat, is not freed,
Their souls away together fly;

Death him caimer'd, 'cause now his help he !! The husband gospeth, and his wise lies by,

not need. It niuit be her turn next to die :

He that ne'er knew before to yield,
The husband and the wife

Or to give back, or leave the field,
Too truly now are one, and live one life.

Would fain now from himself have fled. That couple which the gods dici entertain

He snatch'd his sword now rustedo'er, Had made their prayer here in vain ;

Dreadful and sparkling now no niere, No sates' in death could them divide,

And thus in open stretes did roar; They must without their privilege together both How have I, Death, so ill defcrid of the have dy'd.

That now thyself thou thouli't revengre tid

Have I fo niany lives on thec bestow's? There was no number now of deall!,

Have I the earth so ofter. dyd in blondi The lifters scarce food ltill themelves to breathe : Have I, 10 flatter thee, lo maay slais? The filters row quite wcaried

And must I now thy prey remain?
In curting single thread.

Let me at lcat, if I must die,
Began at once to part whole looms,

Meet in the field fome gallant en One úroke did give whole houses dooms :

Send, gods, the Persian troops ag2") Now !y'd the frosty hairs,

No, they're a bale and a degenera:: 123, The aged and decrepid years;

They by our women may be ilair. Thcy fell, and only begg'd of fate

Give me, great heavens, some meruf, Some few months more, buc 'ewas alas too late. Let me my death amidst fome valiant Gratis Then death, as if asham'd of that,

choose, A conquest fo degenerate,

Let me furvive to die at Syracuse, Cut off the young and lusty too :

Where my dear country hall her glory The young were reckoning o'er

For you, great gods! into my mind inte,
What happy days, what joys they had in store: What mileries, what doom,
But fate, e'er they had finifa'd their account, Muft op my. Athens Thortly conie'
them flew,

My thoughts inspir'd prefage
The wretched usurer died,

Slaughters and battles to the coming And had no tinc to tell where he his treasures Oh! might I die upon that glorivosti, bid;

Oh! that: but then he grasp'd l.is fuced, 'The merchant did behold

death concludes his ragus His lips return with spice and gold; He Yaw't, and rurn'd afide his head,

Draw back, draw back thy fixord, O Fa**? Ner thank'd the gods, but full amidst his Left thou repent whea'lis too late, riches dead.

Lest, by thy making now so great a walle,

By spendirg all mankind upon one fraft,
The mectings and assemblies cease; no more Thou itarve thyself at lat :
The people throng about the orator,

What men wilt thou referve in itcre,
No course of justice did appear,

Whom in the time to cone thou may't done, No noise of lawyers fill'd the car,

When thou shall have destroyed all before? * The senate cast away

But, if thou wilt not yet give n'ct,
The robe of honour, and obey

If yet thy greedy stomach calls for irore,
Deatli's more refflcis sway,

If more remain whom thox must kill,
Whilst that with dictatorian power

And if the jaws are craving itul, Doch all the great and lafier orlicers devour. Carry thy fury to the Scythian coaft, No magiftratus did walk about;

The northern wilderness and etcraal Croft:! No purple aiv’d the rout:

Against those harbarous crowds thy arrosti" The common people too

Where arts and laws are ftrangers yet; A purple of their own did facw :

Where thou may'it kill, and yet the icis mu?
Ind all :heir bodies oor
The ruling colours bore.

There rige, there spread, and there info
No judge, no legislators fit,
Since this new Draco camic,

Marder whole totvns and families there, And harsher laws did frame,

Tly worst against those savage naticos cares Laws thai, like his, in blood are writ.

Those whom mankind can spare, The benches ard the pleming-piace they leave, Those whom mankind itself do:h fear;

About the streets they run and rave : Amidit that dreadful night and fatal cold, The madness which gicat Solon did of late

There thou may't walk unleer, arbo: L'ut only counterfeit

There ive thy flames their empire hold For the advantage of the fate,

Unto the fartheft leis, and nature's cres Now his fucceflors do ioruly insitate,

Whcc ncver fummicr's sun its beams at

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Touch not the sacred throng,
And let Apollo's priells be, like him, young,

Like him, be healthful too, and Arong.
But ah! too ravenous Plague, whilft I

Strive to keep off the misery,
The learned too, as fast as others, round me die;

They from corruption are not free,
Are mortal, though they give an immortality.
They turn'd their authors o'er, to try

What help, what cure, what remedy,
All nature's stores against this plague fupply;

And though belides they shunn'd it every where, They search'd it in their books, and fain would

meet ie there; They turn'd the records of the ancient times, And chiefly those that were made famous by their

crimes,
To find is men were punish?d fo before ;
But found not the disease nor cure.
Nacure, alas! was now surpris'd,

And all her forces (ciz'd,
Before he was how to refitt advis'd.
So when the elephants did first affright

The Romans with unusual light,
They many battles lofe,
Before they knew their focs,

[pose, Before they understood such dreadful troops t'oro

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Carry thy plagues, thy pains, thy heats,
Thy raging fires, thy torturing sweats,
Where never ray or heat did come,
They will rejoice at such a doom,
They'll bless thy pestilential fire,

Though by it they expire, 'They'll thank the very flames with which they do consume.

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Then if that banquet will not thee fuffice,
Seck out new lands where thou may'st tyrannize;

Search every forelt, every hill,
And all that in the hollow mountains dwell;

Those wild and untame troops devour,
Thereby thou wilt the rest of men secure,
And that the rest of men will thank thee for.

Let all those human beasts be sain,

Till scarce thcir memory remain; Thyfelf with that ignoble llaughter fill, 'Twill be permitted thee that blood to spill.

Mcasure the ruder world throughout,

March all the ocean's shores about,
Only pass by and spare the British illc.
Go on, and (whai Columbus once shall do
When days and time unto their ripeness grow)
Find out new lands and unknown countries too:

Attempt those lands which yet are hid
From all mortality beside :
There thou may't steal a victory,
And none of this world hear the cry
Of those that by thy wounds shall die;
No Greek shali know thy cruelty,

And tell it to pofterity.
Go, and unpeople all those mighty lands,

Deffroy with unrelenting hands;
Go, and the Spaniard's sword prevent,
Go, make the Spaniard innocent;

Go, and root out all mankind there,
That when the European arniies fhall appear

Their sin may be the less,

They may find all a wilderness, And without blood the gold and silver there poffess.

Nor is this all which we chce grant ; Rather than thou should't full employment want, (We do permit) in Greece thy kingdom plant.

Ransack Lycurgus' streets throughout,
They've no defence of walls to keep thee out.

On wanton and proud Corinth seize,
Nur let her double waves thy flames appease.
Let Cyprus feel more fires than those of love :
Let Delos, which ar firk did give the sun,

See unknown flames in her begun,
Now let her wih the might unconftane prove,

And from place might truly move:
Let Lemnos all thy anger leci,

And think that a new Vulcan fell,
od brought with him new anvis, and new hell.
Nay, at Athens ton we give thee up,
All that thou tinu'f in field, or anp, or shop:

Make havoc there without controul

Of every ignorant and coninon fou!.
But then, kind Plagne, thy conduct slip;

Let arts, and let the learned, then cirane
l'pon Minerva's Icli comuni au Tape;

Now every different sect agrees
Against their common adversary, the disease,
And all their little wranglings cease ;
The Pythagoreans from their precepes (werve,

No more their lilence they observe,
Out of their schools they run,

Lament, and cry, and groan;
They now defir'd their metempsychosis;

Not only to dispute, but with
That they might turn to beasts, or fowls, or fith.

If the Platonics had been here,
They would have curs'd their master's year,

Thea all things shall be as they were, When they again the same disease shall bear :

All the philosophers would now,

What the great Stagyrite ihall do, Theufelves into the waters headlong throw.

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The Stoics felt the deadly stroke,
At first aflauit their courage was not broke,

They call’d in all the cobweb aid of rules and precepts, which in store they had;

They bid their hearts stand out,

Bid then be calm and tout, But all the strength of preci'nt will not do't. They can't the storms of pallion now assuage ; As common men, are angry, grieve, and rage.

The gods are call'd upon in vain,
The gods gave no release unto their pain,
The god to fear ev'n for themselves began.
For now the lick unto their temples came,

And brought more than an holy flime,
There at the altars made their prayer,
They fucritic'd, and died there,

A finne voi feen herre;
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