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From this high fpring our foreign conquefts flow,
He made us
free-men of the continent,
Whom nature did like captives treat before;
And taught him fift in Belgian walks to roar.
That old unqueftion'd pirate of the land,
Proud Rome with dread the fate of Dunkirk heard; And trembling wifh'd behind more Alps to ftand, Altho' an 2 Alexander were her guard.
By his command we boldly cross'd the line,
Such was our prince; yet own'd a foul above
Nor dy'd he when his ebbing fame went less,
1 We may be faid to have been made freemen of the continent by the taking of Dunkirk, which was wrefted from the Spaniards by the united forces of France and England, and delivered up to the latter in the beginning of 1658.
2 Alexander VII, was at this time pope.
His latest victories ftill thickest came,
As, near the center, motion doth increase;
But firft the ocean as a tribute fent
The giant prince of all her watry herd;
No civil broils have fince his death arofe,
His afhes in a peaceful urn shall rest,
His name a great example ftands, to show How ftrangely high endeavours may be bleft, Where piety and valour jointly go.
3 The Sabines being at war with the Romans, found means to furprize the citadel by corrupting Tarpeia the commandant's daughter, to open to them a poftern-gate; and when they were entered, they threw their bucklers upon and fmothered her. It is faid they had confented, at her own requeft, to give her what they had upon their arms, their left arms being alfo adorned with magnificent bracelets; and thus they pretended to perform their promife.
4 The halcyon is faid to pitch its neft upon the furface of the fea, and there to hatch its young, when a continued calm prevails. Plu tarch, who afferts this story, as fact, tells us, that he has feen several of this bird's nefts, formed like boats, and curiously constructed of fifh-bones,
ASTRE A REDU X'.
A POEM on the happy RESTORATION' and RETURN of His Sacred Majesty CHARLES the Second, 1660.
Jam redit & virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna. VIRG.
OW with a general peace the world was bleft,
A dreadful quiet felt, and worfer far
Than arms, a fullen interval of war:
Thus when black clouds draw down the lab'ring kies,
An horrid ftillness firft invades the ear,
1 Aftrea Redux, or the Return of Juftice, may be very properly applied to the era of the king's reftoration, fince now the nation was freed from the factions that had so long distracted, and threatened her with anarchy and destruction; while law, order, and fubordination began to flow once again quietly in their antient and proper channels.
2 Charles X. named alfo Gustavus, nephew to the great Gustavus Adolphus.
Such mortal quarrels to compofe in peace
While our cross stars deny'd us Charles' bed,
3 We figh'd to bear the fair Iberian bride,
Muft grow a lily to the lily's fide, &c.
In the year 1659, Cromwell being dead, a peace was concluded between, Spain and France, in which the marriage with the Infanta of Spain, was agreed upon; and though Charles II. was there in perfon, little or no regard was paid to his intereft. The poet in this, and part of the following page laments, that almost every ftate but that of England fhould be restored to eafe. Sweden, fays he, obtained a peace by the death of her ambitious monarch. The feuds between France and Spain were miraculously terminated, and their friendship cemented by a marriage. But for our parts heaven ftill continued to deny us the restoration of our king, for which all ranks of people groaned; and we seemed as it were abandoned by providence. 4 See the giants war in the first book of Ovid's Metamorphofes.
(What king, what crown from treafon's reach is free, If Jove and Heav'n can violated be ?)
The leffer gods, that fhar'd his profperous ftate.
He, tofs'd by fate, and hurry'd up and down,
His wounds he took, like Romans on his breaft,
That fun, which we beheld with cozen'd eyes