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Those, yet uncertain on whose fails to blow,
These, where the wealth of nations ought to flow.
Then with the duke your highness rul’d the day :
While all the brave did his command obey,
The fair and pious under you did pray.
How powerful are chalte vows! the wind and tide
You brib’d to combat on the English side.
Thus to your much-lov'd lord

you
did

convey
An unknown succour, fent the nearest way.
New vigour to his wearied arms you brought,
(So Moses was upheld while Ifrael fought)
While, from afar, we heard the cannon play,
Like distant thunder on a shiny day.
For absent friends we were alham'd to fear,
When we consider'd what you ventur'd there.
Ships, men, and arms, our country might restore ;
But such a leader could supply no more.
With generous thoughts of conquest he did burn,
Yet fought not more to vanquish than return.
Fortune and victory he did pursue,
To bring them as his slaves to wait on you.
Thus beauty ravifli'd the rewards of fame,
And the fair triumph'd when the brave o'ercame.
Then, as you meant to spread another way
By land your conquests, far as his by fea,
Leaving our fouthern cine, you march'd along
The stubborn North, ten thousand Cupids strong.
Like com nons the nobility resort,
In crowding heaps, to fill your moving court:

To

To welcome your approach the vulgar run,
Like some new envoy from the distant fun,
And country beauties by their lovers go,
Blessing themselves, and wondering at the show.
So when the new-born Phænix first is seen,
Her feather’d subjects all adore their queen,
And while she makes her progress through the East,
From every grove her numerous train's increas'd :
Each Poet of the air her glory sings,
And round him the pleas’d audience clap their wings.

AN

ANNUS MIRABILIS:

THE

YEAR OF WONDERS,

MDCLXVI.

AN HISTORICAL POE M.

To the METROPOLIS of GREAT-BRITAIN, the

most renowned and late flourishing CITY of LONDON, in its RepresENTATIVES, the LORD-Mayor and Court of ALDERMEN, the SHERIFFS, and COMMON-COUNCIL of it.

AS

S perhaps I am the first who ever presented a work

of this nature to the metropolis of any nation ; so it is likewise consonant to justice, that he who was to give the first example of such a dedication should begin it with that city, which has set a pattern to all others of true loyalty, invincible courage, and unThaken constancy. Other cities have been praised for the fame virtues, but I am much deceived if any have fo dearly purchased their reputation ; their fame has been won them by cheaper trials than an expensive, though necessary war, a consuming pestilence, and a more consuming fire. To submit yourselves with that humility to the judgments of heaven, and at the same time to raise yourselves with that vigour above all human enemies; to be combated at once from above and from below, to be struck down and to triumph : I know not whether such trials have been ever paralleled in any nation : the resolution and successes of them never can be. Never had prince or people more mutual reason to love each other, if suffering for each other can endear affection. You have come together a pair of matchless lovers, through many difficulties ; he, through a long exile, various traverses of fortune, and the interpofition

of

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