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WILLIAM And MARY.
"Triumphant Nassau here we find,
"Britain her safety to your guidance owns,
"That she can sep'rate parricides from sons;
"That, impious rage disarm'd, she lives and reigns,
"Her freedom kept by him who broke her chains."
"By turns they tell,
"And listen, each with emulous glory fir*d,
"How William conquer'd, and how France retir'd;
"How Providence o'er William's temples held,
"On Boyne's propitious banks, the heav'nly shield;
"How Belgia, freed, the hero's arm confest,
"But trembled for the courage which she blest.
"Behold the soldier plead the monarch's right,
<: Heading his troops, and foremost in the fight."
"How good she was, how gcn'rous, how wise,
Yet "Yet fame shall stay and bend to William's praise, "Of him her thousand ears shall hear triumphant lays; "Of him her tongues shall talk, on him her eyes shall gaze."
"To save Britannia to my darling son,
"Immortal Nassau came; I hush'd the deep
"By daemons rous'd, and bade the listed wings
"Waft the deliverer to the shore;
"Then dawn'd the period destin'd to confine
"The surge of wild prerogative; to raise
"A mound restraining its imperious rage."
A Joyous nation hail the royal pair!
He, brave as merciful, she, good as fair;
From ev'ry slavish apprehension freed,
No more OrisioN fears in chains to bleed:
Nor, at the mercy of a legal brute,
Endure the thumbscrew or tormenting boot ;*
To honest joys each patriot's harp is strung,
And thus some bard convivial might have sung,
Had he, like me, the inspiring air to chuse,
Which echoes the Anacreontic Muse
Of Morris, fittest wight on social earth,
With classic wreath to crown the hour of mirth;
* The Boot was an instrument of torture borrowed from the Continei.t.
Had Morris wrote the song instead of me,
TO "ANACREON IN HEAVEN."
To William in Belgia, far over the sea,
A few sons of Freedom preferr'd a petition,
That he their deliv'rer and sov'reign wou'd be;
When this answer arrived, without let or condition:
By your laws to abide,
Shall be my first pride,
While I lend you my name and my consort's beside,
With the Sham'rock, the Thistle, and Rose, to entwine
Sweet emblems ofUNIon round Liberty's shrine.
The news over Albion immediately flew,
When Judge Jefferies pretended to give himself airs; If those traitors aresuftered theirscheme topursue,
Myself and some more may sneak down the back stairs.
Vol. ii. L No No longer fierce Kirk
Can proceed with his work,
To shoot, stab, and strangle folks, just like a Turk,
If William and Mary are suffered to twine The emblems of Union round Liberty's shrine.
If Roman nos'd Billy once strikes up his drum' We must sound a retreat in return, I'm afraid; Each brow-beating Big Wig, like me, must be dumb,
And pack'd Juries pack offin defection of trade. But tho' we withdraw, Yet Mister Nassau May dread the whole force of an Action at Law; Prerogative's vengeance shall teach him to twine His emblems of Union round Liberty's shrine.
Bishop Burnet got up, to his liturgy true,
And vow'd with King William he'd cheerfully join;
Too long, said the Prelate, a bigotted crew
Have ruled, to Old England's disaster and mine.*
* The system of assassination was a very favorite one in James's Reign. Bishop Burnet, if the Author of this Rhyming
History Nassau who delights
In peace, tho5 he fights,
Will redress our sad wrongs with a good Bill Of Rights;
With the Laurel, the Olive, and Myrtle he'll twine The emblems of Union rouud Liberty's shrine.
History understands his principles from reading his Memoirs of his times, seems to have acted with manly and pious sincerity with respect to his religious tenets; for which, although he left a country, where he refused dishonorable preferment, with the King's permission, he was legally, or rather illegally proceeded against. And when the States of Holland, where he married and was naturalized, refused to give him up, his life was threatened, and agents employed to take it; of which, among other friendly and authentic notices, he received the following, from Captain Barter, a gentleman of unquestioned honor and reputation, whose father was at that time Steward to the Duke of Ormond:
Hague, 14th March, 1683.
« Dear Sir,
"Though I have no acquaintance with you, yet the esteem I have for your character, and the benefit I have received by your works, obliges me to tell you the proceedings against you in England. I happened the other day to go into the Secretary's Office, where I saw an order for three thousand pounds, to be paid the person that shall destroy you. I could hardly believe my eyes that I saw the paper, it seemed so strange to me. This I communicated in private to my Lord Ossory, who told me it was true, for he had it from Prince George. My Lord desired me to be private in the thing 'till I came to Holland, and then, if I pleased, to tell you of it: Sir, I am your friend, and my advice to you is, to take an especial care of yourself, for no doubt but that great sum will meet with a mercenary hand. Sir, you shall never want a friend where I am,"
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