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THE YEAR OF WONDERS, M.DC.LXVI.
Is thriving arts long time had Holland grown,
Crouching at home, and cruel when abroad:
Scarce leaving us the means to claim our own,
Our King they courted, and our merchants aw'd.
Trade, which, like blood, should circularly flow,
Stopp'd in their channels, found its freedom lost:
Thither the wealth of all the world did go,
And seem'd but shipwreck'd on so base a coast.
For them alone the heav'ns had kindly heat,
In eastern quarries rip'ning precious dew:
For them the Idumean balm did sweat,
And in her Ceylon spicy forests grew.
The sun but seem'd the lab’rer of the year;
Each waxing moon supply'd her wat’ry store,
To swell those tides which from the line did bear
Their brimful vessels to the Belgian shore.
Thus, mighty in her ships, stood Carthage long,
And swept the riches of the world from far;
Yet stcop'd to Rome, less wealthy, but more strong;
And this may prove our second Punic war.
What peace can be where both to one pretend ?
(But they more diligent, and we more strong)
Or if a peace, it soon must have an end;
For they would grow too pow'rful were it long.
Behold two nations then, engag'd so far,
That each sev'n years the fit must shake each land;
Where France will side to weaken us by war,
Who only can his vast designs withstand.
See how he feeds th' Iberian with delays,
To render us his timely friendship vain;
And, while his secret soul on Flanders preys,
He rocks the cradle of the Babe of Spain.
Such deep designs of empire does he lay
O'er them whose cause he seems to take in hand;
And prudently would make them Lords at sea,
To whom with ease he can give laws by land.
This saw our King; and long within his breast
His pensive counsels balanc'd to and fro:
He griev'd the land he freed should be opprest,
And he less for it than usurpers do,
His gen'rous mind the fair ideas drew
Of fame and honour, which in dangers lay;
Where wealth like fruit on precipices grew,
Not to be gather'd but by birds of prey.
The loss and gain each fatally were great;
And still his subjects called aloud for war;
But peaceful kings, o'er martial people set,
Each other's poise and counterbalance are.
He first survey'd the charge with careful eyes,
Which none but mighy monarchs could maintain; 50
Yet judg’d, like vapours that from limbics rise,
It would in richer show’rs descend again,
At length resolu'd t'assert the wat'ry ball
He in himself did whole armadoes bring :
Him aged seamen might their master call,
And chuse for gen'ral, were he not their King,
It seems as ev'ry ship their Sov'reign knows,
His. ful summons they so soon obey;
So hear the scaly herd when Proteus blows, t
And so to pasture follow thro' the sea.
To see this feet upon the ocean move,
Angels drew wide the curtains of the skies;
| When Proteus blows. ]
... Coeruleus Proteus immania ponti
“ Armenn et magnas pascit sub gurgite Phocas,
And Heav'n, as if there wanted lights above,
For tapers made two glaring comets rise.
Whether they unctaous exhalations are
Fir’d by the sun, or seeming so alone,
Or each some more remote and slipp'rý star,
Which loses footing when to mortals shown:
Or one, that bright companion of the sun,
Whose glorious aspect seald our new-born King; 70
And now a round of greater years begun,
New influence from his walks of light did bring.
Victorious York did first, with fam'd success,
To his known valour make the Durch give place:
Thus Heav'n our Monarch's fortune did confess,
Beginning conquest from his royal-race.
But since it was decreed, auspicious King!
In Britain's right that thou shouldst wed the main,
Heav'n as a gage, would cast some precious thing,
And therefore doom'd that Lawson should be slain, so
Lawson amongst the foremost met his fate
Whom sea-green Sirens from the rocks lament:
Thus as an off'ring for the Grecian state,
He first was kill'd who first to battle went.