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ODES.

CLASS THE SEVENTH.

ODE I.

ON

THE SPANISH SUCCESSION.

BY THE REV. SAMUEL COBB, M. d.

The Muse, who taught the Theban swan

To stretch his silver wings, and soar
Where vulgar pinions never can,
In regions of the sky, unknown before:

She, queen of numbers, who could raise
The voice of Prior to a pitch so high,

As might with envied Cowley vie,

When listening to his lays, Old smiling Janus blest the new-born century;

Now from her airy bower descends, (Not always the companion of the great)

To honor things of meaner state,

And to my song attentive bends. Vol. XV.,

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As Cytherea's feign'd to fly
From amorous Gods, and leave the sky,
To bless with a divine embrace

Some favorite of mortal race,
And there disclose the lustre of her eye,

And each ambrosial grace.

She calls me with a voice, that would excel

The Orphean, could the golden lyre

And charming tongue again conspire
To vindicate Euridice from Hell.
Lo! from this abject Earth she seems to bear

Me, through untrodden air.

Like Virgil's Fame, she flies
O'er tracts of sea, and spacious land

Where'er Nassovian arms command,
Her foot upon the ground, her head above the skies.

There views the desert aether round, a place Where nothing lives, the blue, expanded space;

There sees the stars, which rule the night, Which in the sky, like a republic, sway

With scatter'd and imperfect light,

Whose beams more happily unite In the great monarch of the day.

Not all the rolling lamps above will dare
With the Phoebean to compare.

Nor can the united wit of man below,

With all his fondness and pretence
To business, management, and sense,

Such universal rays bestow
As the Nassovian influence.
Whether he leave his native seat
To warm us with his kindly heat,
Or if he please to lift the dart,

And take Religion's injured part,
Like that young God he flies, by Homer sung,

Descending from Olympus, to the aid

Of the wrong'd priest, and ravish'd maid, When the vindictive quiver on his shoulders hung, And from his silver bow the poison’d arrow rung.

Fond Agamemnon! to provoke
Apollo's pestilential stroke.
What heroes, through thy passion slain,

Of thee in Stygian groves complain!
Of thee, whose blinded lust could dare

The pious virgin to detain,
And combat against innocence and prayer!

Wrongs to revenge, and succour the distress'd,

William was always nigh,

At the soft warning of a sigh,
To thousand ills exposed his valiant breast.

Oppression trembled at his sight,
And sunk into the womb of night,
Too impotent to bear so great a light.

Soon as that hydra, Faction, rose,

She saw, and stagger'd at his dazzling shine, Nor durst her multiplying heads oppose

To virtue so divine.
For William, if his counsel fails,
Shakes but his thunder, and prevails.
If on the Gallic, or the Northern shore,
From oaken walls his cannons roar;
He frights the bold, presumptuous crew,

As ancient Jove is said to do,
When he hurl'd Typhon from th' affected skies

To bellow under Aetna, where,
Bruis'd with the marks of heavenly wrath, he

fries
In rolling sulphur, and whene'er
He shifts his brawny side below,

Above he shakes th' eternal snow,
Still eager to renew his ancient war,
Still to retort new mountains at the Thunderer.

In vain he tosses fire, in vain

He bites his adamantine chain,
Struggles with Heaven's decree, and everlasting

pain :
Just penance! for the wretch who dare
War against the Gods declare.
Though to the vulgar this a fable seem,
Or some poetic, idle dream;

Dorset, sagacious Halifax, and those
To whom the Muse her secrets does betray,
Whom she instructs in her mysterious way,

This dark enigma can disclose;

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And with Lyncean eye,
Conceal'd to meaner sight, the depth of this vast

stream descry.
In Typhon they behold the fall
Of the vain Russian and ambitious Gaul.
This th' unhewn Muscovite can tell,
Who, struck with Swedish lightning, fell
Down from his airy steep, to prove

Ten thousand giants are no odds to Jove.
Imperious Death! on that triumphant day,
How didst thou feast! how riot on thy prey !

When Charles, like a Gustavus rose
And through arm'd myriads of his foes

Mow'd his victorious way.
Let Narva tell, how many leagues the slain

Lay dismember'd on the plain;
Tell, how her waters blush'd with an inglorious

stain,

Nor stops the Northern worthy here,

Swiftly he urges on his fiery career.
Th' apostate Saxon quakes, and warlike Polander,

So early Charles pursues
The steps of William, and creates new business for

the Muse.
Next to Godlike William's name,
In the eternal Book of Fame,
Write him, O Clio, and prepare a place
Among the Heroes of immortal race,

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