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Poem by Charles Sackville
On King William's Happy Deliverance from the Intended Assassination
The youth whose fortune the vast globe obey'd, Finding his royal enemy betray'd And in his chariot by vile hands opprest, With noble pity and just rage posses't, Wept at the fall of so sublime a state And with the traitor's death reveng'd the fate Of monarchy profane; so acted too The generous Caesar when the Roman knew A coward king had treacherously slain One he scarce foil'd on the Pharsalian plain. The doom of his fam'd rival he bemoan'd And the base author of the crime dethron'd. So virtuous was the actions of the great, Far from the guilty acts of desperate hate: They knew no foe, but in the open field, And to their cause and to their gods appeal'd. So William acts, and if his rivals dare Dispute his right by arms, he'll meet them there Where Jove, as once on Ida, holds the scale And lets the good, the just, the brave prevail.
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