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When duty bids you bleed in open war:
spared To guard the fallen, and consummate the event, Your Country rears this sacred Monument!
SIEGE OF VIENNA RAISED BY JOHN SOBIESKI.
O, For a kindling touch from that pure flame
proclaim Thy saintly rapture with celestial aim: 5
For lo! the Imperial City stands released From bondage threatened by the embattled
East, And Christendom respires; from guilt and
shame Redeemed, from miserable fear set free By one day's feat, one mighty victory. 10
—Chant the Deliverer's praise in every tongue! The Cross shall spread, the Crescent hath waxed
dim; He conquering, as in joyful Heaven is sung, He Conquering Through God, And G-od By
1 See Filicaia's Ode.
OCCASIONED BY THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO.
The Bard—whose soul is meek as dawning day,
clime Angels might welcome with a choral shout!
Emperors and Kings, how oft have temples
rung "With impious thanksgiving, the Almighty's
scorn! How oft above their altars have been hung Trophies that led the good and wise to mourn Triumphant wrong, battle of battle born, 5 And sorrow that to fruitless sorrow clung! Now, from Heaven-sanctioned victory, Peace is
sprung; In this firm hour Salvation lifts her horn.
1 "From all this world's encumhrance did himself assoiI."—Spenser,
Glory to arms! But, conscious that the nerve Of popular reason, long mistrusted, freed 10 Your thrones, ye Powers, from duty fear to
swerve! Be just, be grateful; nor, the oppressor's creed Reviving, heavier chastisement deserve Than ever forced unpitied hearts to bleed.
Imagination—7ne'er before content,
may claim! Bear through the world these tidings of delight! 10
—Hours, Days, and Months, have borne them
in the sight Of mortals, hurrying like a sudden shower That land-ward stretches from the sea, The morning's splendours to devour; But this swift travel scorns the company 15 Of irksome change, or threats from saddening power. —The shock is given—the Adversaries bleed— Lo, Justice triumphs! Earth is freed!
Joyful annunciation !—it went forth—
It pierced the caverns of the sluggish North— 20
It found no barrier on the ridge Of Andes—frozen gulfs became its bridge— The vast Pacific gladdens with the freight— Upon the Lakes of Asia 'tis bestowed— The Arabian desert shapes a willing road 25
Across her burning breast, For this refreshing incense from the West!—
—Where snakes and lions breed, Where towns and cities thick as stars appear, Wherever fruits are gathered, and where'er 30 The upturned soil receives the hopeful seed— While the Sun rules, and cross the shades of
night— The unwearied arrow hath pursued its flight! The eyes of good men thankfully give heed,
And in its sparkling progress read 35 Of virtue crowned with glory's deathless meed: Tyrants exult to hear of kingdoms won, And slaves are pleased to learn that mighty
feats are done; Even the proud Realm, from whose distracted
borders This messenger of good was launched in air, 40 France, humbled France, amid her wild disorders, Feels, and hereafter shall the truth declare, That she too lacks not reason to rejoice, And utter England's name with sadly-plausive
11. O genuine glory, pure renown! 4 5
And well might it beseem that mighty Town Into whose bosom earth's best treasures flow, To whom all persecuted men retreat;
If a new Temple lift her votive brow
With his most sacred wealth, heroic dust.
in. But if the valiant of this land In reverential modesty demand, That all observance, due to them, be paid Where their serene progenitors are laid; 60 Kings, warriors, high-souled poets, saint-like
Of sweet and threatening harmony;
While the white-robed choir attendant, Under mouldering banners pendant, Provoke all potent symphonies to raise
Songs of victory and praise, For them who bravely stood unhurt, or bled 80 With medicable wounds, or found their graves