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From glorious empire hurled;
By Jove excluded from the sky;
By Albion from the world.
Dem. Were common-wealth restored again,
Zel. For he a race of rebels sends,
Plu. My labouring thought
Dem. Spare some, to fling
Zel. Let jealousies so well be mixed,
Plu. Forbear your vain attempts, forbear;
Zel. You've all forgot
Alec. Take, of a thousand souls at thy command, The basest, blackest of the Stygian band,
One. that will swear to all they can invent,
So thoroughly damned, that he can ne'er repent:
One, often sent to earth,
And still at every birth
He took a deeper stain:
One, that in Adam's time was Cain;
One, that was burnt in Sodom's flame,
For crimes even here too black to name:
One, who through every form of ill has run:
One, who in Naboth's days was Belial's son;
One, who has gained a body fit for sin;
Where all his crimes
Of former times
Lie crowded in a skin*.
Piu. Take him,
Plu. and Akct. Take him, make him what you please;For he can be a rogue with ease.
P.lu. Let us laugh, let us laugh, let us laugh at our woes, The wretch that is damned has nothing to lose.— Ye furies, advance
Tis a jubilee when the world is in trouble;
With the ghosts in a dance.
• Dr Titus Oates, the principal witness to the Popish Plot, was accused of unnatural and infamous crimes. He was certainly a most ineffably impudent, perjured villain.
When people rebel,
But when the king falls, the pleasure is double.
[A single entry of a Devil, followed by an entry of twelve Devils. Chorus. Let us laugh, let us laugh, let us laugh at our woes, The wretch that is damned hath nothing to lose.
The Scene changes to a Prospect taken from the middle of the Thames; one side of it begins at York-Stairs, thence to tVhite-Hall, and the Alill-lumk, &;c. The other from the Saw-mill, thence to the Bishop's Palace, and on as far as can be seen in a clear day.
Enter Augusta: She has a Snake in her Bosom hanging down.
Aug. O jealousy, thou raging ill,
pouring oil;Disdain and love succeed by turns;
Enter Democracy and Zelota; one represents a Patriot, the other, Religion.
Dem. Let not thy generous passion waste its rage,
Zel. Religion shall thy bonds release,
Dem. With jealousy swarming,
Zel. If they fall to relenting,
Aug. No more, no more temptations use
Dem. Maintain the seeming duty of a wife,
Zel. His foes already stand protected,
Bereaves him of his royal power,
For heaven to mourn, and hell to smile.
The former Scene continues. Enter Albion and Albanius with a train.
Alb. Then Zeal and Common-wealth infest
Will they at length awake the sleeping sword,
And force revenge from their offended lord?
How long, ye gods, how long
Can royal patience bear
The insults and wrong
Of madmen's jealousies, and causeless fear?
I thought their love by mildness might be gained, By peace I was restored, in peace I reigned;
But tumults, seditions, And haughty petitions, Are all the effects of a merciful nature;Forgiving and granting, Ere mortals are wanting, But leads to rebelling against their creator.
Mer. With pity Jove beholds thy state,