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POEMS OF PEACE AND WAR.
WAR FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE.
What would not, Peace! the patriot bear for
thee? O FIRST of human blessings, and supreme !
What painful patience? What incessant care ? Fair Peace ! how lovely, how delightful thou !
What mixed anxiety? What sleepless toil ?
E'en from the rash protected, what reproach? By whose wide tie the kindred sons of men
For he thy value knows; thy friendship he
To human nature : but the better thou,
The richer of delight, sometimes the more
when ruffian force
Awakes the fury of an injured state.
E'en the good patient man whom reason rules,
With sharp and sudden check the astonished sons
Of violence confounds ; firm as his cause
His eyes effulging a peculiar fire :
And, as he charges through the prostrate war, And hooks imprint the vegetable wound;
His keen arm teaches faithless men no more
To dare the sacred vengeance of the just.
Then ardent rise! O, great in vengeance rise !
O'erturn the proud, teach rapine to restore ;
And, as you ride sublimely round the world,
Make every vessel stoop, make every state Who bids the trumpet hush his horrid clang,
At once their welfare and their duty know.
PEACE, NO PEACE.
King Philip. By heaven, lady, you shall have
Nor joys one land alone ; his praise extends But now in arms you strengthen it with yours :
The grappling vigor and rough frown of war
FROM "KING JOHN."
FROM "PARADISE LOST."
Arm, arm, you heavens, against these perjured
BATTLE OF THE ANGELS.
Now went forth the morn,
Such as in highest heaven, arrayed in gold
Empyreal ; from before her vanished night,
Shot through with orient beams; when all the
plain me a war.
Covered with thick embattled squadrons bright,
Reflecting blaze on blaze, first met his view.
In dusky wreaths, reluctant flames, the sign
Of wrath awaked ; nor with less dread the loud
That stood for heaven, in mighty quadrate joined
In silence their bright legions, to the sound
Under their godlike leaders, in the cause Stain of his breed ! dishonoring manhood's Of God and his Messiah. On they move form,
Indissolubly firm ; nor obvious hill,
Their perfect ranks ; for high above the ground
Their march was, and the passive air uphore He shall not blush to leave a recreant's name,
Their nimble tread. As when the total kind And children, like himself, inured to shame.
Of birds, in orderly array on wing,
Came summoned over Eden to receive
Their names of thee; so over many a tract
wide, And serried close, ye men of youthful pride,
Tenfold the length of this terrene ; at last,
Far in the horizon to the north appeared
From skirt to skirt a fiery region, stretched
In battailous aspect, and nearer view
Bristled with upright beams innumerable
might; Nor, lagging backward, let the younger breast
The banded powers of Satan hasting on Permit the man of age (a sight unblessed)
With furious expedition ; for they weened To welter in the combat's foremost thrust,
That selfsame day, by fight, or by surprise,
To win the mount of God, and on his throne
To set the envier of his state, the proud
Aspirer; but their thoughts proved fond and vain But youth's fair form, though fall'n, is ever At first, that angel should with angel war,
In the midway: though strange to us it seemed fair, And beautiful in death the boy appears,
And in fierce hosting meet, who wont to meet
So oft in festivals of joy and love
Unanimous, as sons of one great Sire,
Hymning the Eternal Father. But the shout
Of battle now began, and rushing sound For having perished in the front of war.
Of onset eniled soon each milder thought. by THOMAS Campbell. | High in the midst, exalted as a god,
From the Greek of TYRTÆUS,
The apostate in his sun-bright chariot sat, Their armor helped their harm, crushed in and Idol of majesty divine, inclosed
bruised With flaming cherubim, and golden shields; Into their substance pent, which wrought them Then lighted from his gorgeous throne, for now pain 'Twixt host and host but narrow space was left, Implacable, and many a dolorous groan; A dreadful interval, and front to front
Long struggling underneath, ere they could wind Presented stood in terrible array
Out of such prison, though spirits of purest light,
Hurled to and fro with jaculation dire,
That underground they fought in dismal shade ;
Infernal noise ! war seemed a civil game
To this uproar; horrid confusion heaped
heaven It sounded, and the faithful armies rung
THE VICTOR Hosanna to the Highest :- nor stood at gaze The adverse legions, nor less hideous joined So spake the Son, and into terror changed The horrid shock. Now storming fury rose, His countenance too severe to be beheld, And clamor, such as heard in heaven till now And full of wrath bent on his enemies. Was never ; arms on armor clashing brayed At once the four spread out their starry wings Horrible discord, and the madding wheels With dreadful shade contiguous, and the orbs Of brazen chariots raged ; dire was the noise Of his fierce chariot rolled, as with the sound Of conflict; overhead the dismal hiss
Of torrent floods, or of a numerous host. Of fiery darts in flaming volleys flew,
He on his impious foes right onward drove, And flying vaulted either host with fire. Gloomy as night : under his burning wheels So under fiery cope together rushed
The steadfast empyréan shook throughout, Both battles main, with ruinous assault
All but the throne itself of God. Full soon And inextinguishable rage. All heaven Among them he arrived ; in his right hand Resounded ; and had earth been then, all earth Grasping ten thousand thunders, which he sent Had to her center shook.
Before him, such as in their souls infixed ... Deeds of eternal fame Plagues : they, astonished, all resistance lost, Were done, but infinite : for wide was spread All courage ; down their idol weapons dropt; That war, and various : sometimes on firm ground O'er shields, and helms, and helmed heads he A standing fight, then, soaring on main wing, rode Tormented all the air ; all air seemed then Of thrones and mighty seraphim prostráte, Conflicting fire. ....
That wished the mountains now might be again
Thrown on them, as a shelter from his ire. Forthwith (behold the excellence, the power Nor less on either side tempestuous fell Which God hath in his mighty angels placed !) His arrows, from the fourfold-visaged four Their arms away they threw, and to the hills Distinct with eyes, and from the living wheels (For earth hath this variety from heaven, Distinct alike with multitude of eyes ; Of pleasure situate in hill and dale),
One spirit in them ruled ; and every eye Light as the lightning glimpse they ran, they Glared lightning, and shot forth pernicious fire flew,
Among the accursed, that withered all their From their foundations loosening to and fro, strength, They plucked the seated hills, with all their load, And of their wonted vigor left them drained, Rocks, waters, woods, and by the shaggy tops Exhausted, spiritless, afflicted, fallen. Uplifting bore them in their hands : amaze, Yet half his strength he put not forth, but Be sure, and terror, seized the rebel host,
checked When coming towards them so dread they saw His thunder in mid volley ; for he meant The bottom of the mountains upward turned, Not to destroy, but root them out of heaven:
. . and on their heads The overthrown he raised, and as a herd Main promontories flung, which in the air Of goats or timorous flock together thronged, Came shadowing, and oppressed whole legions Drove them before him thunderstruck, pursued armed;
With terrors and with furies, to the bounds