The Works of the Rev Jonathan Swift, D D, Volume 16
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 432 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ODE TO KING WILLIAM, ON HIS SUCCESSES IN IRELAXD. J. O purchase kingdoms, and to buy renown, Are arts peculiar to dissembling France; You, mighty monarch, nobler actions crown, And solid virtue does your name advance. Your matchless courage with your prudence joins The glorious structure of your fame to raise; With its own light your dazzling glory shines, And into adoration turns our praise. Had you by dull succession gain'd your crown (Cowards are monarchs by that title made), . Part of your merit Chance would call her own, And half your virtues had been lost in shade. But now your worthJts just reward shall have: What trophies and what triumphs are your due! Who could so well a dying nation save, At once deserve a crown, and gain it too ! You saw how near we were to ruin brought, You saw th' impetuous torrent rolling on; And timely on the coming danger thought, Which we could neither obviate nor shun. This Ode, which had been long sought after without success, was first ascertained to be Swift's in Nichols's Select Collection of Poems, 1778, Vol. IV. p. 303. That it is the Deans, there is not the least doubt. He refers to it in the second stanza of his Ode to the Athenian Society, and expressly marks it by a marginal note, under the title of The Ode 1 writ to the King in Ireland; see p. 24; and see also The Gentleman's Journal, juij, 1693, p. 13. N. c 3 Britannia Britannia stripp'd of her sole guard, the laws, Ready to fall Rome's bloody sacrifice; You straight stepp'd in, and from the monster'sjaws Did bravely snatch the lovely, helpless prize Nor this is all; as glorious is the care To preserve conquests, as at first to gain: In this your virtue claims a double share, Which, what is bravely won, ...
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