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Scotland awhile deserves good men's applause,
By kind adherence to the royal cause.
The son of CHARLES essays to gain his right,
'Till all his hopes expire at Wor'ster fight;
Derby! the scaffold hy thy fues decreed,
Graces the cause for which you nobly bleed.
The “ King enacts more wonders than a man,"

Patient in sufforing, hoping better fate ;
He proves that fortune, threaten what she can,

Still never overcomes the truly great. Eclips'd, like Alfred, in a peasant's guise, He stoops to conquer, and submits to rise! And long shall May thy gilded honors bring, Kind BoscoBeL, the shelter of a King.

CROMWELL now seated in the ruling chair,
To tell his virtues haply were but fair;
But, not at present knowing what they were, )
We'll just sum up his actions, first premising,
That, from our souls, we cannot help despising
The wretch whose nonchalance, while Charles's

fate
Was canvass’d, with the cushion where he sate
Play'd like a schoolboy,—when the fatal scroll
Of death was siguing, CROMWELL, void of soul,

In

lo fiend-like sport, black characters could trace, With ink on his too black associates face.

England's respect, her navy and her trade,

In justice let us own he well supported ; (But that his interest prompted,) and his aid,

And clase alliance more than once were courted. Van TRUMP, DeWir, DERUYTER, led the Dutch, And swept our seas, or dared to say as much; „Till Moxk, and Blake, the Nelson of that

day, With Pen and Ascue, in hard well fought fray, Tore their high-top-broad-bottom’d-brooins away)

The Quakers with incipient fermentation
Of spirit moving, next disturb the nation;
One calls himself the saviour of mankind,

Another, sword in hand, the senate meets : And swear to kill each Rump* that he may find,

At home, in parliament, or in the streets. A third begins a fast of forty days, But does not live to end it; yet my lays Mean not to blame their present blameless race, Facts, and not comments, here alone have place.

* Members of what was nick-named the Rump Parliament,

Therefore,

ROMWEL

Therefore, to, please you, we'll look back again,
And finish Cromwell's self-appointed reign.
Regardless of promises, honor, and word,
He Drogheda's garrison puts to the sword;
At Dunbar and Worster defeating the Scots,
For slaves sells his pris'ners, to India, in lots.
In private proposing to make himself King,
He cou’dn't get colleagues in concert to sing ;
Rules over the English as Turks govern Moors,
A senate first forms, and then kicks out of doors ;
Then fierce as Achilles, more bully than Hector,
That Government cancels, which makes him Pro-

tector.
The army maintained by this arrogant elf,
Kept popular liberty all to himself;
And, scorning to imitate Kings, he had houses
More num’rous than they, or their sons, or their

spouses : When fortune placed loyal men under his hands, Or vather his feet, as the true matter stands, If their heads he remitted, he cut off their lands. ) Ungrateful to him who inspir'd all he knew, (And to keep from his patron, the devil, his due) As sure as his dark highness looks over Lincoln, Noll made it high treason his death but to think on.

- Tho'

ISES

Tho' much disappointed, not mounting a throne,
He prank'd up a pert House of Peers of his own;
Last, vext he'd nought further to flatter bis pride,)
Like big Alexander, he manfully cried,
And so had his court, but by good luck he died.)

SUMMARY

SUMMARY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF
RICHARD CROMWELL,

SECOND PROTECTOR.

Proclaimet, September 4th, 1698 Refused « Petition from the Army, desiring leave to elect its own Generals. Summoned a Parliament, January 27th, 1659, and dissolved it immediately, by order of the Officers of the Ariñy, who were incensed at the said Parliament enacting that there should be no Council of War during its getting. The Army then elected Fleetwood for their General, restored their long Parliament, and abolished the Protectorship. Richard willingly resigning, on condition of his debts being paid. Fleetwood and Lambert dissolved the Parliament once more; and, by Monk's assistance, accomplished the RESTORATION. After which Richard travelled some years; and, under a borrowed name, was introduced to the Prince of Conti; who, talking of Eugland, broke out into admiration of Cromwell's courage and capacity: “But as for that poor pitiful fellow, Richard,” said he, " what has become of him? How could he be such a blockhead as to reap no greater benefit from all his father's crimes and successes ?” Richard extended his réaceful and quiet life to the age of 86, and died in the year 1712, at the latter end of Queen Ann’s Reign. His social virtues, more valuable than the greatest capacity, met with a recompence, more precious than noisy fame, and more suitable, contentment and tranquility. Vide HUME.

In the deeline of life, being obliged to appear in the Court · of Chaneery, in consequence of the unnatural conduct of his daughters, he was treated with extraordinary respect by the Chief Justice, Sir John Holt, who placed him on the bench, and insisted on his wearing his hat. It was, probably, at this time, on being asked how long it was since he had been at Westminster, he answered, “ Not since I sat in that chair;" pointing to the Throne.

For EMINENT PERSONS and COTEMPORARY SOVEREIGNS, vide “The COMMONWEALTH."

RICHARD

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