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To the Right Honourable JOHN Lord CUTTS.

[At the Siege of Namure.]

The Hardy Soldier.

I.
1 "O Why is Man so thoughtless grown?
2 " Why guilty Souls in hast to dye?
3 "Vent'ring the Leap to Worlds unknown,
4 " And heedless to the Battel fly?
II.
5 "Are Lives but worth a Soldiers Pay?
6 " Why will ye joyn such wide Extreams?
7 "And stake Immortal Souls in play
8 " At desperate Chance and Bloody Games?
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III.
9 "Valour's a nobler Turn of Thought,
10 " Whose pardon'd Guilt forbids her Fears:
11 "Calmly she meets the deadly Shot
12 " Secure of Life above the Stars.
IV.
13 "But Frenzy dares Eternal Fate,
14 " And spurr'd with Honour's Airy Dreams
15 "Flies to Attack th' Infernal Gate,
16 " And force a Passage to the Flames.
V.
17 Thus hov'ring o're NAMVRIA's Plains
18 Sung Heav'nly Love in Gabriel's form:
19 Young THRASO felt the moving Strains,
20 And Vow'd to pray before the Storm.
VI.
21 Anon the Thundring Trumpet calls,
22 "My Vows be damn'd, the Hero crys,
23 Then Swears by Heav'n, and Scales the Walls,
24 Drops in the Ditch, despairs, and dies.

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    Title (in Source Edition): To the Right Honourable JOHN Lord CUTTS. [At the Siege of Namure.]
    Author: Isaac Watts
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    Horæ lyricæ: Poems, chiefly of the lyric kind. In two books. ... By I. Watts. London: Printed by S. and D. Bridge, for John Lawrence at the Sign of the Angel in the Poultrey. MDCCVI., 1706, pp. 167-168. [20],267,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T82397; OTA K067329.000) (Page images digitized by Internet Archive from a copy in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.)

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