Gambar halaman

Heaven would no longer truft its pledge; but thus
Recall'd it; rapt its Ganymede from us.

Was there no milder way but the fmall-pox,
The very filthiness of Pandora's box?

So many spots, like næves on Venus' foil,

One jewel fet off with fo many a foil;

Blifters with pride fwell'd, which through's flefh did fprout

Like rofe-buds, ftuck i'th' lily-fkin about.

Each little pimple had a tear in it,

To wail the fault its rifing did commit:

Which, rebel-like, with it's own lord at ftrife,
Thus made an infurrection 'gainst his life.
Or were these gems fent to adorn his skin,
The cab'net of a richer foul within ?

No comet need foretel his change drew on,
Whofe corps might feem a conftellation.

O! had he dy'd of old, how great a strife

Had been, who from his death fhould draw their life?
Who fhould, by one rich draught, become whate'er
Seneca, Cato, Numa, Cæfar, were?

Learn'd, virtuous, pious, great; and have by this
An univerfal metempfychofis.

Muft all thefe aged fires in one funeral

Expire? all die in one fo young, fo fmall?
Who, had he liv'd his life out, his great fame
Had fwol'n 'bove any Greek or Roman name.
But hafty winter, with one blast, hath brought
The hopes of autumn, fummer, fpring, to nought.
Thus fades the cak i'th' fprig, i'th' blade the corn;
Thus without young, this Phoenix dies, new-born.


Must then old three-legg'd grey-beards with their gout,
Catarrhs, rheums, aches, live three long ages out?
Time's offals, only fit for th' hospital!

Or to hang antiquaries rooms withal!
Muft drunkards, lechers, fpent with finning, live
With fuch helps as broths, poffets, phyfic give?
None live, but fuch as fhould die ? fhall we meet
With none but ghoftly fathers in the street?
Grief makes me rail; forrow will force its way;
And showers of tears tempeftuous fighs best lay.
The tongue may fail; but overflowing eyes
Will weep out lafting streams of elegies.

But thou, O virgin-widow, left alone,
Now thy beloved, heaven-ravifh'd spouse is gone,
Whofe fkilful fire in vain ftrove to apply
Med'cines, when thy balm was no remedy,
With greater than platonic love, O wed
His foul, though not his body, to thy bed :
Let that make thee a mother; bring thou forth
Th' ideas of his virtue, knowledge, worth;
Transcribe th' original in new copies; give
Haftings o'th' better part: fo fhall he live
In's nobler half; and the great grandfire be
Of an heroic divine progeny :

An issue, which t'eternity fhall last,
Yet but th'irradiations which he caft.
Erect no maufoleums: for his best

Monument is his spouse's marble breast.

HEROIC STANZAS on the Death of OLIVER CROMWELL, written after his Funeral.


ND now 'tis time; for their officious hafte,


Who would before have borne him to the sky,

Like eager Romans, ere all rites were past,
Did let too foon the facred eagle fly.

Though our best notes are treafon to his fame,

Join'd with the loud applaufe of public voice Since heaven, what praife we offer to his name, Hath render'd too authentic by its choice.



Though in his praise no arts can liberal be,
Since they, whofe Mufes have the higheft flown,

Add not to his immortal memory,

But do an act of friendship to their own:


Yet 'tis our duty, and our intereft too,

Such monuments as we can build to raife; Left all the world prevent what we should do, And claim a title in him by their praife.


How fhall I then begin, or where conclude,
To draw a fame fo truly circular;

For in a round what order can be fhew'd,
Where all the parts fo equal perfect are?


His grandeur he deriv'd from heaven alone;
For he was great ere fortune made him fo:
And wars, like mifts that rife against the sun,
Made him but greater feem, not greater grow.


No borrow'd bays his temples did adorn,
But to our crown he did fresh jewels bring;
Nor was his virtue poifon'd foon as born,
With the too early thoughts of being king.


Fortune, that eafy mistress to the young,
But to her ancient fervants coy and hard,
Him at that age her favourites rank'd among,
When she her beft-lov'd Pompey did discard.

He private mark'd the fault of others' sway,

And fet as fea-marks for himself to fhun : Not like rafh monarchs, who their youth betray By acts their age too late would with undone. X.

And yet dominion was not his defign;

We owe that bleffing, not to him, but heaven, Which to fair acts unfought rewards did join ; Rewards, that lefs to him than us were given.* XI.

Our former chiefs, like fticklers of the war,
First fought t'inflame the parties, then to poise :
The quarrel lov'd, but did the cause abhor;
And did not strike to hurt, but make a noise.


War, our confumption, was their gainful trade:
We inward bled, whilft they prolong'd our pain;
He fought to end our fighting, and effay'd

To staunch the blood by breathing of the vein.

Swift and refiftlefs through the land he past,

Like that bold Greek who did the East subdue,

And made to battles fuch heroic haste,

As if on wings of victory he flew.

He fought fecure of fortune as of fame :

Still by new maps the island might be fhewn,
Of conquefts, which he ftrew'd where-e'er he came,
Thick as the galaxy with ftars is fown.

His palms, though under weights they did not stand,
Still thriv'd; no winter could his laurels fade:
Heaven in his portrait fhew'd a workman's hand,
And drew it perfect, yet without a shade.

Peace was the prize of all his toil and care,

Which war had banish'd, and did now restore:
Bologna's walls thus mounted in the air,

To feat themselves more furely than before.

Her safety rescu'd Ireland to him owes;

And treacherous Scotland to no intereft true, Yet bleft that fate which did his arms dispose Her land to civilize, as to fubdue.


« SebelumnyaLanjutkan »