upon Cromwells Return from Ireland
THE forward youth that would appear
Must now forsake his Muses dear,
Nor in the shadows
His numbers languishing.
Tis time to leave the books in dust,
And oil the unused armours rust,
Removing from the
The corslet of the hall.
So restless Cromwell could not cease
In the inglorious arts of peace,
But through adventurous
Urgàed his active star:
And like the three-forkd lightning, first
Breaking the clouds where it was nurst,
his own side
His fiery way divide:
For tis all one to courage high,
The emulous, or enemy;
And with such, to enclose
than to oppose.
Then burning through the air he went
And palaces and temples rent;
And Caesars head at
Did through his laurels blast.
Tis madness to resist or blame
The face of angry Heavens flame;
And if we would speak
Much to the man is due,
Who, from his private gardens, where
He lived reservàed and austere
(As if his highest plot
plant the bergamot),
Could by industrious valour climb
To ruin the great work of time,
And cast the Kingdoms old
Though Justice against Fate complain,
And plead the ancient rights in vain
But those do
hold or break
As men are strong or weak
Nature, that hateth emptiness,
Allows of penetration less,
And therefore must make room
greater spirits come.
What field of all the civil war
Where his were not the deepest scar?
And Hampton shows what
He had of wiser art;
Where, twining subtle fears with hope,
He wove a net of such a scope
That Charles himself
To Carisbrooks narrow case;
That thence the Royal actor borne
The tragic scaffold might adorn:
While round the armàed
Did clap their bloody hands.
He nothing common did or mean
Upon that memorable scene,
But with his keener eye
axes edge did try;
Nor calld the Gods, with vulgar spite,
To vindicate his helpless right;
But bowd his comely
Down, as upon a bed.
This was that memorable hour
Which first assured the forcàed power:
So when they did design
Capitols first line,
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