Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller.
Waller, Edmund, 1606-1687.
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A Presage of the Ruine of the Turkish Empire, Presented to His Majesty on His Birth-Day.
SInce IAMES the Second grac'd the British Throne,
Truce well observ'd has been infring'd by none.
Page 263 Christians to him their present Union ow,
And late Success against the Common Foe:
While Neighb'ring Princes, loath't to urge their Fate,
Court his Assistance, and suspend their Hate.
So angry Bulls the Combat do forbear,
When from the Wood a Lyon do's appear.
This happy day Peace to our Island sent,
As now he gives it to the Continent.
• Prince more fit for such a Glorious task
Than England's King, from Heav'n we cannot ask:
•e Great and Good, proportion'd to the Work,
Their ill-drawn Swords shall turn against the Turk.
Such Kings, like Stars, with influence unconfin'd,
••ine with Aspect propitious to Mankind;
•avour the Innocent, repress the Bold,
•ndwhile they flourish, make an Age of Gold.
Page 264 Bred in the Camp, fam'd for his Valor young,
At Sea successful, vigorous and strong;
His Fleet, His Army, and His mighty Mind
Esteem and Revrence through the World do find▪
A Prince with such advantages as these,
Where He persuades not, may command a Peace▪
Britain declaring for the juster side,
The most Ambitious will forget their Pride;
They that complain, will their endeavors cease,
Advis'd by Him incline to present Peace;
Join to the Turks destruction, and then bring
All their Pretences to so just a King.
If the successful Troublers of Mankind,
With Laurel crown'd, so great Applause do find;
Shall the vext World less Honour yield to those
That stop their Progress, and their Rage oppose▪
Page 265 Next to that Pow'r, which do's the Ocean •w,
Is to set Bounds, and give Ambition Law.
The British Monarch shall the Glory have,
That famous Greece remains no longer Slave;
That source of Art and cultivated Thought,
Which they to Rome, and Romans hither brought.
The banisht Muses shall no longer mourn;
But may with Liberty to Greece return:
Thô Slaves, (like Birds that sing not in a Cage)
They lost their Genius and Poetick Rage;
Homers again, and Pinda•s may be found,
And his great Actions with their numbers crown'd.
The Turk's vast Empire do's united stand;
Christians divided under the Command
Of jarring Princes, would be soon undone,
Did not this Hero make their Int'rest one;
Page 266 Peace to embrace, ruine the Common Foe,
Exalt the Cross, and lay the Croissant low.
Thus may the Gospel to the rising Sun
Be spread, and flourish where it first begun;
And this great day, so justly honour'd here,
Known to the East, and celebrated there.
Haec Ego longaevus cecini tibi m•xime Regum:
Ausus & ipse m•nu juvenum tentare laborem.