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Poem by Edmund Waller
Upon the Late Storm
And Death of His Highness Ensuing the Same We must resign! Heaven his great soul does claim In storms, as loud as his immortal fame; His dying groans, his last breath, shakes our isle, And trees uncut fall for his funeral pile. About his palace their broad roots are tossed Into the air: So Romulus was lost. New Rome in such a tempest missed her king, And from obeying fell to worshipping. On Oeta's top thus Hercules lay dead, With ruined oaks and pines about him spread; The poplar, too, whose bough he wont to wear On his victorious head, lay prostrate there. Those his last fury from the mountain rent; Our dying hero from the continent Ravished whole towns, and forts from Spaniards reft, As his last legacy to Britain left. The ocean, which so long our hopes confined, Could give no limits to his vaster mind; Our bounds' enlargement was his latest toil, Nor hath he left us prisoners to our isle. Under the tropic is our language spoke, And part of Flanders hath received our yoke. From civil broils he did us disengage, Found nobler objects for our martial rage: And, with wise conduct, to his country showed Their ancient way of conquering abroad. Ungrateful then, if we no tears allow To him that gave us peace and empire too. Princes, that feared him, grieve, concerned to see No pitch of glory from the grave is free. Nature herself took notice of his death, And, sighing, swelled the sea with such a breath That to remotest shores her billows rolled, The approaching fate of her great ruler told.
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