Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller.
Waller, Edmund, 1606-1687.
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TO THE KING On His NAVY.
WHere e're thy Navy spreads her canvas wings,
Homage to thee, and Peace to all she brings.
The French and Spaniard, when thy Flags appear;
Forget their Hatred, and consent to fear.
So Iove from Ida did both Hosts survey,
And when he pleas'd to Thunder, part the sray.
Ships heretofore in Seas like Fishes sped,
The mighty still upon the smaller fed.
Thou on the deep impofest Nobler Laws,
And by that Justice hast remov'd the Cause
Page 2 Of those rude Tempests, which for Rapine sent,
Too oft alas, involv'd the innocent.
Now shall the Ocean, as thy Thames, be free
From both those fates, of Storms, and Piracy:
But we most happy, who can fear no force
But winged Troops, or Pegasean Horse:
'Tis not so hard for greedy foes to spoil
Another Nation, as to touch our soil.
Should Natures self invade the World again,
And o're the Center spread the liquid Main;
Thy power were safe, and her destructive hand
Would but enlarge the bounds of thy command.
Thy dreadful Fleet would stile thee Lord of all,
And ride in Triumph o're the drowned Ball.
Those Towers of Oak o're fertile plains might go,
And visit Mountains where they once did grow.
The Worlds Restorer never could endure,
That finish'd Babel should those men secure,
Page 3 Whose Pride design'd that Fabrick to have stood
Above the reach of any second Flood:
To thee his Chosen more indulgent, he
Dares trust such Power with so much Piety.