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Fish burn in seas; beasts, birds thy weapons prove;
By thee dead elements and heav'ns move ;
To us on Earth derive their lesser streams,
Yet here encounter'd with so mighty foe,
Had need both arm'd and surely guarded go :
Whose hoary head proclaim'd bis winter age : ,
His heavy sword (the witness of his might)
Upon a loped tree he idly pight;
Whose golden plain three olive branches dress :
Rich plenty yields him pow'r, pow'r stores his will
Will ends in works, good works his treasures fill: Earth's slavet Heav'n's heir heis;--as God, pays good forill.
His mind as far from rashness, as from fears; :
The world's loud thund'rings he unshaken hears : . * Peaceableness. + Matt. v. 9. # Fortitüde.
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Nor will he death or life, or seek or fly
Ready for both.--He is as cowardly .
He_with himself, till passion yields or dies : :
His rage well temper'd is : no fear can daunt
His reason, but cold blood is valiant :'.
The hostile sea assaults with furious wave,
Th'heroic cliff laughs at their frustrate pain;
No mischief weakens his resolved mind :
His shield an even ballast ship embraves, .
Which dances light, while Neptune wildly rapes:
No cloud of passion ever shadowed; .
Purpling the scarlet cheek with fiery red : * ie complain.
His natron no he is, because he can be
Nor could revenge, clad in a deadly white,
With hidden malice eat his vexed sprite.
The greatest wrong could wisely entertain.
Yielding itself to him a winning were :
Most strong he is, because he will be weak :
Rejoicing most, when most he is tormented :
In greatest discontents he rests contented :
XV. . . .
Safely could back rebut the hardest blade ;
Though many weights its rising arms depress’d:
'Twixt mildness temper’d, and low courtesy, Could cease as soon to be, as not be kind :
Churlish despite ne'er look'd from his calm eye,
* Gentleness, or courtesy.
. Much less commanded in his gentle heart :
To basest men fair looks he would impart;
. All others dearly lov'd ; fell ranc'rous Spite, And vile Detraction fain would reprehend him ; And oft in vain his name they closely bite,
As popular, and flatterer accusing :
But he such slavish office much refusing,
Whose sable gown with stars all spangled wide,
Upon his ancient shield the workmen fine
Had drawn the Sun, whose eye did ne'er repine
Leaving the court from whence thou took'st thy name?
And with them surly scorn, and hateful pride,
Whose artificial face false colours dy'd,
(As gentle swain as ever lived there)
Where bundred other gracés quarter'd were ;
But he, alas ! untimely dead and gone,
Leaves us to rue his death, and thee to moan, That few were ever such; and now those few are none.
. : XXI.
Assailed oft by mighty enemies,
With him nor might, nor cunning slights prevail ;
All force on him they try, all forces fail :
His table feeds not lust, but strength and need :
On's shield a hand from Heav'n a orchard dressing,
Pruning superfluous boughs the trees oppressing;
For on his forehead cheerful gravity
His heritance he would not lavish sell
Nor yet his treasure hide by neighb’ring Hell:
Not those in Heav'n, the flow'ry Geminies,
Agneiat chaste, was join'd in Hymen's ties, * Temperance
+ Chastity in the married.