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The King takes arms,—the leaguers in a trice,
Ask peace,—'tis violate,—and granted twice;
One party roundly swear 'twas Charles who broke it,
While cavaliers affirm the Scots provoke it.
The English Parliament themselves proclaim
And sentence Laud and Strafford* to the block.
Various the fatal contests that took place,
* When the Lieutenant of the Tower offered Strafford a coach, lest he should be torn to pieces by the mob, in passing to execution, lie replied, "I die to please the people, and I will die their own way."
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Crop'dey, and Langport, each a biood-stain'd field,
Decided not which cause was doom'd to yield;
But Marston Moor and Rupert's foil and flight,
Proved mournful preludes to the fatal fight.
Of Nasebt,—Naseby! thy thrice "blasted heath,"
Betray'd a monarch to a traitor's death!
Few are the lines that may the sequel tell,
And whert the murderer, trembling at his task,
Nor Juxon be thy pious worth unsung,
So, in our days, when Gallia's father fell;
If future times should credit what we tell,
That priest will meet due praise, whose holy care,
Led him unaw'd by parricide Saxterre,
To say, or e're the fatal blow was given,
"Son of St Louis! you ascend to Heaven!!!"
As music is to poetry a kin,
(Sisters, the sons of erudition say,) We may, perchance, presume, " withouten sin," Here to insert, what hath " proclaymed bin," Of martial music in King Charles's days.
A subject all, I ween,
Have interest in, Who know how oft our lads have play'd their parts,
To tunes that rous'd their own, and quailed their foemen's hearts.
The following was found in M.S. in an old chest belonging to the Earl of Huntingdon, and is supposed to be an Ol der to all Lieutenants of Counties, Signed "Charles Rex,"
"Whereas the antient custome of nations *' hath ever bene to use one certaine and constant
forme "forme of march in the warres, whereby to he '* distinguished one from another. And the "march of this our English nation, so famous in "all the honourable atchievements and glorious "warres of this our kingdom in foreign parts, "(being by the approbation of strangers them"selves confest and acknowledged the best of "all marches,) was, through the negligence and "carelessness of drummers, and by long discon"tinuance, so altered and changed from the "antient gravitie and majestie thereof, as it was "in danger utterly to have bene lost and forgot"ten. It pleased our late deare brother, Prince "Henry, to revive and rectifie the same, by "ordayining an establishment of one certaine "measure, which was beaten in his presence at "Greenwich, Anno 1610. In confirmation "whereof, we are graciously pleased at this "instance, and humble sute of our right trusty "and well beloved cousin and counsellor, "Edward Viscount Wimbledon, to set down and "ordayne this present establishment, hereunder *' expressed. Willing and commanding all "drummers within our kingdom of England and
"principalitie "principalitie of Wales, to observe the same, as "well in this our kingdom as abroad in the "service of any foreign Prince or State, without "addition or alteration whatsoever, to the end "that so antient, famous, and commendable a "custome may be preserved, as a patterne and precedent to all posteritie."