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Have been permitted to resume awhile
Their power on earth to speed thy great design,
Long time had Satan view'd with envious eye,
"Was it for this that we have toil'd so long
markable, indeed, that the celebrated duke of Manchester applied this very passage to those evil counsellors whose rash and headstrong politics caused that fatal war which is the subject of the present poem; but the enlightened reader needs not be told that, how evil soever the poet may believe such counsels to have been, his whole object in introducing his machinery is purely allegorical. Lords' Debates, March 5, 1776, v. p. 189. Almon.
30. a mean rebel-As the direct tendency of superfluous wealth, particularly in the earlier period of life, is to enervate the human mind, pointing out only quò ducit gula, it is not much to be wondered at that many of the greatest characters of the world should have arisen from humble stations. "Washington's patrimonial estate was by no means considerable; his youth was employed in useful industry-in the practice of his profession as a surveyor." And if the reader will take the pains to inquire into the origin of the various administrators (for I speak not of emperors and kings) of the European governments, either at the present, or in former times, he will find it not unfrequently obscure and humble. See Marshall's Life of Washington, ii. p. 2, 8vo. Phillips, 1804.
Our fruitful crops of ignorance and power?
Heard ye that shout? All heaven, and earth, and hell,
Chaos, and night reverberate the sound;
Future oppression, civil wars, and strife;
44. Whence we have hop'd,-If the efforts of the British ministry to subjugate America had been crowned with success, it is hardly possible to doubt the consequences that would have ensued: "either terms must have been granted to her equivalent to independence, or else a perpetual cause of war would have remained." Other nations must have suffered by these conflicts with America, as they are now benefited by the establishment of her independence. Upon this subject the reader may consult the advertisement prefixed to Ramsay's History; and the Appendix, No. IV. 8vo. Stockdale, 1793.
Some speedy dissolution. Brave compeers!
Scarce had he said, when in the furthest west 60 Seraphick splendour glided down the sky, And over York-town halted. Vaulted hell Saw the dire sign, and to its central depths Groan'd. Satan shook in all his ponderous limbs, And his dread tongue forgot its utterance; 65 While silence, still as night, held the whole host Of hell's proud chiefs; until again their prince, By shame and anger rous'd, thus loud exclaim'd; "Moloch! why sleepest thou? Beëlzebub ! Mammon! and all ye potentates of hell! Rouse, rouse your energies! For shame, ye chiefs! Is this the time to sleep, when all the powers Of heaven and earth combine to overthrow Our new-establish'd empire, and restore The reign of peace and charity to man? E'en hell itself 's in danger: saw ye not The archangel Liberty with outspread wing Glide thro' the western sky, and take her stand Close by our foe, near York-town's sea-lav'd walls? That Liberty's our death! Then farewell, hell! 80 Farewell, our throne! Annihilation, hail!"
So spake the archfiend indignant, Moloch rose,
And with fell fury struggling, and with words
In doubtful war on either side of heaven?
When the dread Thunderer drove his rapid car
I never bid annihilation hail ;
I tremble not because seraphick light
He said, and swore a Stygian oath that shook E'en Satan's haughty soul; then seiz'd his arms, 110 While quivering horrour sat upon his lips.
To them rose Beelzebub, than whom in hell
And thus with soothing words the chiefs address'd;
To him thus Moloch temperate replied;