Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller.
Waller, Edmund, 1606-1687.

Puerperium.

YOu Gods that have the power,
To trouble, and compose
Page  134 All that's beneath your bower,
Calm silence on the Seas, on Earth impose.
Fair Venus in thy soft arms,
The God of rage confine,
For thy whispers are the charms
Which only can divert his fierce design.
What though he frown, and to tumult do incline,
Thou the flame,
Kindled in his breast can'st tame,
With that snow which unmelted lies on thine?
Great Goddess give this thy sacred Island rest,
Make Heaven smile,
That no storm disturb us, while
Thy chief care our Halcyon builds her nest.
Great Gloriana, fair Gloriana,
Bright as high Heaven is, and fertile as Earth,
Page  135 Whose beauty relieves us,
Whose Royal bed gives us
Both glory and peace.
Our present joy, and all our hopes increase.