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We saw the event that followed our success ;
Even victors are by victories undone :
A patriot both the king and country serves,
Some overpoise of sway by turns they share ;
Patriots in peace assert the people's right,
In parliaments that weighed their Prince's want : * Your generous grandsire; Sir Erasmus Dryden, who was likewise the poet's grandfather. He was imprisoned under Charles I for refusing to contribute to the general loan in 1626.
But so tenacious of the common cause
O true descendant of a patriot line,
VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS 1.
Creator Spirit, by whose aid
O source of uncreated light,
1 This paraphrase of the Latin hymn popularly attributed to Charlemagne was first printed in Tonson's folio edition of Dryden's Poems, 1701.
TIIE ENGLISH POETS.
Come, and thy sacred unction bring
Plenteous of grace, descend from high,
Refine and purge our earthy parts ;
Chase from our minds the infernal foe,
Make us eternal truths receive,
Immortal honour, endless fame,