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So the false spider, when her nets are spread, O famous leader of the Belgian fleet,
Deep ambush'd in her silent den does lie: Thy monument inscrib'd such praise shall wear And feels far off the trembling of her thread, As Varro timely flying once did meet,
Whose filmy cord should bind the struggling fly. Because he did not of his Rome despair.
Then if at last she find him fast beset,
She issues forth, and runs along her loom : She joys to touch the captive in her net,
And drags the little wretch in triumph home.
Behold that navy, which a while before
Provok'd the tardy English close to fight; Now draw their beaten vessels close to shore,
As larks lie dar'd to shun the hobby's flight.
The Belgian's hoped that, with disorder'd haste, Whoe'er would English monuments survey
Our deep-cut keels upon the sands might run: In other records may our courage know: Or if with caution leisurely were past,
But let them hide the story of this day, Their numerous gross might charge us one by one. Whose fame was blemish'd by too base a foe.
But with a fore-wind pushing them above, Or if too busily they will inquire
And swelling tide that heav'd them from below, Into a victory, which we disdain;
And with spread sails to welcome battle go. Before the patron saint of injur'd Spain.
At length the adverse admirals appear ;
But whate'er English to the blessed shall go, The two bold champions of each country's right: And the fourth Harry or first Orange meet; Their eyes describe the lists as they come near, Find him disowning of a Bourbon foe,
And draw the lines of death before they fight. And him detesting a Batavian fleet.
The distance judg'd for shot of every size, Now on their coasts our conquering navy rides,
The linstocks touch, the ponderous ball expires : Waylays their merchants, and their land besets ; The vigorous seaman every port-hole plies, Each day new wealth without their care provides ;
And adds his heart to every gun he fires ! They lie asleep with prizes in their nets. Fierce was the fight on the proud Belgians' side, So close behind some promontory lio
For honor, which they seldom sought before : The huge leviathans t'attend their prey; But now they by their own vain boasts were tied, And give no chase, but swallow in the fry,
And forc'd at least in show to prize it more. Which through their gaping jaws mistake the way
But sharp remembrance on the English part, Nor was this all : in ports and roads remote,
And shame of being match'd by such a foe, Destructive fires among whole fleets we send ; Rouse conscious virtue up in every heart, Triumphant flames upon the water float,
And seeming to be stronger makes them so. And out-bound ships at home their voyage end Nor long the Belgians could that fleet sustain, Those various squadrons variously design'd,
Which did two generals' fates, and Cæsar's, bear : Each vessel freighted with a several load, Each several ship a victory did gain,
Each squadron waiting for a several wind, As Rupert or as Albemarle were there.
All find but one, to burn them in the road.
Their batter'd admiral too soon withdrew, Some bound for Guinea, golden sand to find,
Unthank'd by ours for his unfinish'd fight: Bore all the gauds the simple natives wear : But he the minds of his Dutch masters knew, Some for the pride of Turkish courts design'd,
Who call’d that providence which we call’d flight. For folded turbans finest Holland bear.
Never did men more joyfully obey,
Or sooner understood the sign to fly: With such alacrity they bore away,
As if, to praise them, all the States stood by.
Some English wool vex'd in a Belgian loom,
And into cloth of spungy softness made,
To ruin with worse ware our staple trade
Our greedy seamen rummage every hold, And now no longer letted of his prey,
Smile on the booty of each wealthier chest He leaps up at it with enrag'd desire : And, as the priests who with their gods make bold, O'erlooks the neighbors with a wide survey,
Take what they like, and sacrifice the rest. And nods at every house his threatening fire.
But ah! how insincere are all our joys! [stay : The ghosts of traitors from the bridge descend,
Which, sent from Heaven like lightning make no With bold fanatic spectres to rejoice : Their palling taste the journey's length destroys, About the fire into a dance they bend,
Or grief sent post o'ertakes them on the way. And sing their sabbath notes with feeble voice. Swellid with our late successes on the foe, Our guardian angel saw them where they sate
Which France and Holland wanted power to cross, Above the palace of our slumbering king: We urge an unseen fate to lay us low,
He sigh'd, abandoning his charge to Fate, And feed their envious eyes with English loss. And drooping, oft look'd back upon the wing.
Each element his dread command obeys,
At length the crackling noise and dreadful blaze Who makes or ruins with a smile or frown; Call’d up some waking lover to the sight; Who, as by one he did our nation raise,
And long it was ere he the rest could raise, So now he with another pulls us down.
Whose heavy eyelids yet were full of night. Yet, London, empress of the northern clime, The next to danger, hot pursued by Fate,
By an high fate thou greatly didst expire; Half-cloth’d, half-naked, hastily retire : Great as the world's, which, at the death of Time, And frighted mothers strike their breasts too late
Must fall, and rise a nobler frame by Fire. For helpless infants left amidst the fire.
As when some dire usurper Heaven provides, Their cries soon waken all the dwellers uear;
To scourge his country with a lawless sway; Now murmuring noises rise in every street: His birth, perhaps, some petty village hides, The more remote run stumbling with their fear,
And sets his cradle out of Fortune's way : And in the dark men justle as they meet.
But if night-robbers lift the well-stor'd hive, His prince, surpris'd at first, no ill could doubt, An humming through their waxen city grows,
And wants the power to meet it when 'tis known. And out upon each other's wings they drive.
Such was the rise of this prodigious Fire,
Which in mean buildings first obscurely bred, From thence did soon to open streets aspire,
And straight to palaces and temples spread.
Now streets grow throng'd and busy as by day:
Some run for buckets to the hallow'd quire : Some cut the pipes, and some the engines play;
And some more bold mount ladders to the fire.
The diligence of trades and noiseful gain,
And luxury more late, asleep were laid : All was the Night's; and in her silent reign
No sound the rest of Nature did in vade.
In vain: for from the east a Belgian wind
His hostile breath through the dry rafters sent, The flames impellid soon left their foes behind,
And forward with a wanton fury went.
In this deep quict, from what source unknown, A key of fire ran all along the shore,
Those seeds of Fire their fatal birth disclose; And lighten'd all the river with a blaze : And first few scattering sparks about were blown, The waken'd tides began again to roar,
Big with the flames that to our ruin rose. And wondering fish in shining waters gaze. Then in some close-pent room it crept along, Old father Thames rais'd up his reverend head,
And, smouldering as it went, in silence fed ; But fear'd the fate of Simois would return : Till th' infant monster, with devouring strong, Deep in his ooze he sought his sedgy bed,
Walk'd boldly upright with exalted head. And shrunk his waters back into his urn.
Now like some rich or mighty murderer, The Fire, meantime, walks in a broader gross ;
Too great for prison, which he breaks with gold; To either hand his wings he opens wide: Who fresher for new mischiefs does appear, He wades the streets, and straight he reaches cross
And dares the world to tax him with the old : And plays his longing flames on th' other side.
So scapes th' insulting Fire his narrow jail, At first they warm, then scorch, and then they take; And makes small outlets into open air :
Now with long necks from side to side they feed; There the fierce winds his tender force assail, At length grown strong, their mother Fire forsake
And beat him downward to his first repair. And a new colony of Flames succeed. The winds, like crafty courtesans, withheld To every nobler portion of the town
His flames from burning, but to blow them more: The curling billows roll their restless tide And every fresh attempt, he is repellid
In parties now they straggle up and down, With faint denials weaker than before.
As armies unoppos'd for prey divide.
One mighty squadron with a side-wind sped, The rich grow suppliant, and the poor grow proud
Through narrow lanes his cumber'd fire does haste, Those offer mighty gain, and these ask more. By powerful charms of gold and silver led, So void of pity is th' ignoble crowd,
The Lombard bankers and the 'Change to waste. When others' ruin may increase their store.
Another backward to the Tower would go,
And slowly eats his way against the wind : But the main body of the marching foe
Against th' imperial palace is design’d.
As those who live by shores with joy behold
Some wealthy vessel split or stranded nigh,
And seek the tempests which the others fly.
Now day appears, and with the day the king, So these but wait the owners' last despair,
Whose early care had robb’d him of his rest : And what's permitted to the flames invade; Far off the cracks of falling houses ring,
Ev'n from their jaws they hungry morsels tear, And shrieks of subjects pierce his tender breast. And on their backs the spoils of Vulcan lade.
Near as he draws, thick harbingers of smoke The days were all in this lost labor spent;
And when the weary king gave place to night, Whose little intervals of night are broke
His beams he to his royal brother lent,
And pious tears which down his cheeks did shower: A dismal picture of the general doom;
And half unready with their bodies come. He wept the flames of what he lov'd so well, Those who have homes, when home they do repair, And what so well had merited his love:
To a last lodging call their wandering friends : For never prince in grace did more excel, Their short uneasy sleeps are broke with care, Or royal city more in duty strove.
To look how near their own destruction tends. Nor with an idle care did he behold :
Those who have none, sit round where once it was, Subjects may grieve, but monarchs must redress; And with full eyes each wonted room require : He cheers the fearful, and commends the bold, Haunting the yet warm ashes of the place,
And makes despairers hope for good success. As murder'd men walk where they did expire. Himself directs what first is to be done, Some stir up coals and watch the vestal fire,
And orders all the succurs which they bring : Others in vain from sight of ruin run; The helpful and the good about him run, And while through burning labyrinths they retire, And form an army worthy such a king.
With lothing eyes repeat what they would shun He sees the dire contagion spread so fast, The most in fields like herded beasts lie down, That where it seizes all relief is vain :
To dews obnoxious on the grassy floor; And therefore must unwillingly lay waste And while their babes in sleep their sorrows drown,
That country, which would else the foe maintain. Sad parents watch the remnants of their store.
The powder blows up all before the Fire : While by the motion of the flames they guess
Th' amazed Flames stand gather'd on a heap; What streets are burning now, and what are neas, And from the precipice's brink retire,
An infant waking to the paps would press, Afraid to venture on so large a leap.
And meets, instead of milk, a falling tear. Thus fighting Fires awhile themselves consume, No thought can case them but their sovereign's care,
But straight, like Turks, forc'd on to win or die, Whose praise th' afflicted as their comfort sing. They first lay tender bridges of their fume, Ev'n those, whom want might drive to just despair.
And o'er the breach in unctuous vapors fly. Think life a blessing under such a king. Part stay for passage, till a gust of wind Meantime he sadly suffers in their grief, Ships o'er their forces in a shining sheet:
Outweeps an hermit, and outprays a saint: Part creeping under ground their journey blind, All the long night he studies their relief,
And climbing from below their fellows meet. Hɔw they may be supplied and he may want Thus to some desert plain, or old wood side, "O God," said he, “thou patron of my days,
Dire night-hags come from far todance their round; Guide of my youth in exile and distress! And o'er broad rivers on their fiends they ride, Who me unfriended brought'st, by wondrous ways.
Or sweep in clouds above the blasted ground. The kingdom of my fathers to possess : No help avails : for, hydra-like, the Fire “ Be thou my judge, with what unwearied care
Lifts up his hundred heads to aim his way: I since have labor'd for my people's good ; And scarce the wealthy can one-half retire, To bind the bruises of a civil war, Before he rushes in to share the prey.
And stop the issues of their wasting blood.
“ Thou who hast taught me to forgive the ill, And now four days the Sun had seen our woes :
And recompense as friends the good misled; Four nights the Moon beheld th' incessant firo If mercy be a precept of thy will,
It seem'd as if the stars more sickly rose, Return that mercy on thy servant's head.
And further from the feverish North retire. “Or if my heedless youth has stepp'd astray, In th'empyrean Heaven, the bless'd abode,
Too soon forgetful of thy gracious hand; The thrones and the dominions prostrate lie, On me alone thy just displeasure lay,
Not daring to behold their angry God; But take thy judgments from this mourning land. And an hush'd silence damps the tuneful sky. "We all have sinn'd, and thou hast laid us low, At length th' Almighty cast a pitying eye,
As humble earth from whence at first we came : And mercy softly touch'd his melting breast : Like flying shades before the clouds we show, He saw the town's one-half in rubbish lie,
And shrink like parchment in consuming flame. And eager flames drive on to storm the rest. “O let it be enough what thou hast done; [street, An hollow crystal pyramid he takes,
When spotted Deaths ran arm'd through every In firmamental waters dipt above : With poison'd darts which not the good could shun, Of it a broad extinguisher he makes, The speedy could outfly, or valiant meet.
And hoods the flames that to their quarry drove. “The living few, and frequent funerals then, The vanquish'd Fires withdraw from every place,
Proclaim'd thy wrath on this forsaken place; Or full with feeding sink into a sleep: And now those few who are return'd again, Each household genius shows again his face,
Thy searching judgments to their dwellings trace. And from the hearths the little Lares creep. “O pass not, Lord, an absolute decree,
Our king this more than natural change beholds ; Or bind thy sentence unconditional:
With sober joy his heart and eyes abound : But in thy sentence our remorse foresee,
To the All-good his lifted hands he folds, And in that foresight this thy doom recall. And thanks him low on his redeemed ground. “Thy threatenings, Lord, as thine thou may'st re- As when sharp frosts had long constraind the earth, voke :
A kindly thaw unlocks it with cold rain; But if immutable and fix'd they stand, And first the tender blade peeps up to birth, (grain: Continue still thyself to give the stroke,
And straight the green fields laugh with promis'd And let not foreign foes oppress thy land."
By such degrees the spreading gladness grew Th' Eternal heard, and from the heavenly quire In every heart which fear had froze before :
Chose out the cherub with the flaming sword; The standing streets with so much joy they view And bade him swiftly drive th' approaching Fire That with less grief the perish'd they deplore. From where our naval magazines were stor’d.
The father of the people open'd wide The blessed minister his wings display'd,
His stores, and all the poor with plenty fed : And like a shooting star he cleft the night: Thus God's anointed God's own place supplied, He charg'd the flames, and those that disobey'd And fill'd the empty with his daily bread. He lash'd to duty with his sword of light.
This royal bounty brought its own reward, The fugitive Flames, chastis'd, went forth to prey And in their minds so deep did print the sense,
On pious structures, by our fathers rear'd; That if their ruins sadly they regard, By which to Heaven they did affect the way, 'Tis but with fear the sight might drive him thence Ere faith in churchmen without works was heard.
But so may he live long, that town to sway, The wanting orphans saw, with watery eyes,
Which by his auspice they will nobler make, Their founders' charity in dust laid low;
As he will hatch their ashes by his stay, And sent to God their ever-answer'd cries,
And not their humble ruins now forsake. For he protects the poor, who made them so.
They have not lost their loyalty by fire ; Nor could thy fabric, Paul's, defend thee long, 'Though thou wert sacred to thy Maker's praise : That from his wars they poorly would retire,
Nor is their courage or their wealth so low, Though made immortal by a poet's song;
Or beg the pity of a vanquish'd foe.
Not with more constancy the Jews, of old
By Cyrus from rewarded exile sent, But, since it was profan'd by civil war,
Their royal city did in dust behold, Heav'n thought it fit to have it purg'd by fire.
Or with more vigor to rebuild it went. Now down the narrow streets it swiftly came, The utmost malice of the stars is past, [town,
And widely opening did on both sides prey: And two dire comets, which have scourg'd the This benefit we sadly owe the flame,
In their own plague and fire have breath'd the last, If only ruin must enlarge our way.
Or dimly in their sinking sockets frown.
Now frequent trines the happier lights among,
And high-raised Jove from his dark prison freed, Those weights took off that on his planet hung,
Will gloriously the new-laid work succeed.
OR, THE POWER OF MUSIC.
AN ODE IN HONOR OF ST. CECILIA'S DAY
Methinks already from this chymic flame,
'Twas at the royal feast for Persia won I see a city of more precious mould:
By Philip's warlike son: Rich as the town which gives the Indies name,
Aloft in awful state With silver pav'd, and all divine with gold. The godlike hero sate
On his imperial throne:
His valiant peers were plac'd around; Already laboring with a mighty fate,
Their brows with roses and with myrtles bound She shakes the rubbish from her mounting brow,
(So should desert in arms be crown'd) And seems to have renew'd her charter's date,
The lovely Thais, by his side, Which Heaven will to the death of Time allow.
Sate, like a blooming eastern bride,
In flower of youth and beauty's pride.
None but the brave,
None but the brave, And opening into larger parts she flies.
None but the brave deserves the fair.
CHORUS. Before she like some shepherdess did show,
Happy, happy, happy pair! Who sat to bathe her by a river's side;
None but the brave,
None but the brave,
Timotheus, plac'd on high
Amid the tuneful quire, From her high turrets, hourly suitors come;
With flying fingers touch'd the lyre : The East with incense, and the West with gold, The trembling notes ascend the sky, Will stand like suppliants to receive her doom.
And heavenly joys inspire.
The song began from Jove, The silver Thames, her own domestic food,
Who left his blissful seats above, Shall bear her vessels like a sweeping train;
(Such is the power of mighty love.) And often wind, as of his mistress proud,
A dragon's fiery form belied the god, With longing eyes to meet her face again.
Sublime on radiant spires he rode,
When he to fair Olympia press'd,
And while he sought her snowy breast : The wealthy Tagus, and the wealthier Rhine,
Then, round her slender waist he curl'd, (world The glory of their towns no more shall boast,
And stamp'd an image of himself, a sovereign of the And Seyne, that would with Belgian rivers join,
The listening crowd admire the lofty sound, Shall find her lustre stain'd, and traffic lost.
A present deity, they shout around :
A present deity, the vaulted roofs rebound: The venturous merchant, who design'd more far,
With ravish'd ears And touches on our hospitable shore,
The monarch hears, Charm'd with the splendor of this northern star,
Assumes the god,
Affects to nod,
With ravish'd ears
The monarch hears.
Assumes the god,
Affects to nod,
And seems to shake the spheres.
The praise of Bacchus then the sweet musician sung: That those, who now disdain our trade to share,
of Bacchus ever fair and ever young: Shall rob like pirates on our wealthy coast.
The jolly god in triumph comes ;
Flush'd with a purple grace,
He shows his honest face; And the less dangerous part is left behind :
Now give the hautboys breath: he comes, he comes Our trouble now is but to make them dare,
Bacchus, ever fair and young, And not so great to vanquish as to find.
Drinking joys did first ordain;
Bacchus' blessings are a treasure, Thus to the eastern wealth through storms we go, Drinking is the soldier's pleasure. But now, the Cape once doubled, fear no more ;
Rich the treasure, A constant trade-wind will securely blow,
Sweet the pleasure ; And gently lay us on the spicy shore.
Sweet is pleasure after pain