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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)
Themselves by wooden walls did fave,
And therefore first to them th' infection gave, In every limb a dreadful pain they felt,
Lelt they new fuccour hence receive.
The horour thou before badit won; • Their god increasid the pain.
Not all thy merchandise,
Thy wealth, thy treafuries,
Next o'er the upper town it spread,
With mad and undifecrning Specd;
Without a guide did set its feet,
And too familiar every house did greet.
Unhappy queen of Greece: great Thescus now (Like frogs and mice) each other slay;
Did thee a mortal injury do,
It had been better if thy people tall
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,
And to be çiviliz!d only to be destroy'd.
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.
Next, to the heart the fires came,
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.
The tainted blood its course began,
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,
Was most destructful now,
And nature speedier did undo,
For char the sooner did impart
The poison and the smart,
Th' infectious blood to every diftant parte
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
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 ;
Sometimes they cruelties and fury breathe,
Phyfic itself was a disease,
Scatter'd in fields the bodies lay, (away.
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,
Forsook their young ones and their groves,
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 :
The very owls at Athens are
But seldom seen and rare,
The owls depart in open day,
Mountains of bones and carcases,
The treets, the market-place possess,
Threatening to raise a new Acropolis.
Here lics a mother, and her child, And only added to the burning store.
The infant suck'd as yet, and smil'd,
But straight by its own food was kill'de
Here parting lovers last embrac'd,
But yet not parting neither,
They both expir'd, and went away together.
Here pritoners in the dungeon die,
And gain a 'wo-fold liberty;
Which them from double chains
Of body and of iron frce.
Which from corrupted bodies went,
Quickly return the death they did receive, All sexes and all ages do invade,
And death to others give ;
Themselves now dead the air pollute the more,
For which they others curs'd before, The virgins blush not, yet uncloth'd appear,
Their bodies kill all that come near,
And even after death they all are murderers here.
The friend doch hear the friend's last crics,
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
In the fame hour the fun doch take
His father's will ard his own make.
The servant need so here he fain,
Up farts the foldier from his bed,
He, though death's servaat, is not freed,
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,
Or to give back, or leave the field,
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?
Let me at lcat, if I must die,
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,
My thoughts inspir'd prefage
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,
What men wilt thou referve in itcre,
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,
If yet thy greedy stomach calls for irore,
If more remain whom thox must kill,
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?
There rige, there spread, and there info
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
Touch not the sacred throng,
Like him, be healthful too, and Arong.
Strive to keep off the misery,
They from corruption are not free,
What help, what cure, what remedy,
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
And all her forces (ciz'd,
The Romans with unusual light,
[pose, Before they understood such dreadful troops t'oro
Carry thy plagues, thy pains, thy heats,
Though by it they expire, 'They'll thank the very flames with which they do consume.
Search every forelt, every hill,
Those wild and untame troops devour,
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,
Attempt those lands which yet are hid
And tell it to pofterity.
Deffroy with unrelenting hands;
Go, and root out all mankind there,
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,
On wanton and proud Corinth seize,
See unknown flames in her begun,
And from place might truly move:
And think that a new Vulcan fell,
Make havoc there without controul
Of every ignorant and coninon fou!.
Let arts, and let the learned, then cirane
Now every different sect agrees
No more their lilence they observe,
Lament, and cry, and groan;
Not only to dispute, but with
If the Platonics had been here,
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.
The Stoics felt the deadly stroke,
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,
And brought more than an holy flime,
A finne voi feen herre;