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1 QUEEN of the Northern World, whose gentle Sway
2 Invites our Love, and binds our Hearts t' Obey:
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3 Forgive the Nation's Groan when William dy'd;
4 Lo, at thy Feet in all the Loyal Pride
5 Of rising Joy Three Happy Realms appear,
6 And William's Urn almost without a Tear
7 Stands; nor Complains: While from thy Gracious Tongue
8 Peace flows in Silver Streams amidst the Throng.
9 Amazing Balm, that on those Lips was found
10 To heal the Twinges of that Mortal Wound,
11 The Danger, and the Scar! Far-distant Lands
12 Whose Lives lay trusted in Nassovian Hands
13 Transfer their Souls, and live; secure they Play
14 In thy Mild Rays, and feel a growing Day.
15 Thy beamy Wing at once defends and warms
16 Fainting Devotion; whilst in various Forms
17 Fair Piety shines thro' the Brittish Isles:
18 Here at thy Side, and in thy kindest Smiles
19 Blazing in Ornamental Gold she stands,
20 To Bless thy Councils, and Assist thy Hands,
21 And Crowds wait round her to receive Commands.
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22 There at a Humble distance from the Throne
23 Beauteous She lies; Her Lustre all her own,
24 Ungarnish'd; yet not blushing, nor afraid,
25 Nor knows Suspicion, nor affects the Shade.
26 In Words of Solemn Form, or with a freer Cry
27 Warm as our Zeal for Thee, We Both address the Sky,
28 Vow for thy Safety Both, and live beneath thine Eye.
29 PRINCESS, the World already owns thy Name;
30 Go, mount the Chariot of Immortal Fame,
31 Nor Die to be Renown'd: Fames loudest Breath
32 Too dear is purchas'd by an Angels Death.
33 The Thunder of thy Hand with general Joy
34 Shall crush Rebellion and the Rival Boy:
35 Thy Sounding Arms his Gallick Patron hears,
36 And speeds his Flight; nor overtakes his Fears
37 Till hard Despair wring from the Tyrant's Soul
38 The Iron Tears out. Let thy Frown controul
39 Our Angry Jarrs at Home, till Wrath submit
40 Her Bloody Banners to thine Awful Feet.
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41 Mad Zeal and Frenzy with their Murtherous Train
42 Flee these Blest Realms in thine Auspicious Reign,
43 Envy expire in Rage, and Treason bite the Chain.
44 Let no black Scenes affright the Brittish Stage,
45 Thy Thread of Life prolong our Golden Age,
46 Long bless the Earth: Then rise and shine on high
47 The fairest Glory of the Western Sky;
48 There check the Rays of each Malignant Star,
49 Heal the dire Pestilence, forbid the War,
50 Warm the chill North, Sooth the two Rugged Bears,
51 And stretch thy Peaceful Influence to the Southern Spheres.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO Her MAJESTY.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: heroic couplet; address

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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. 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. 113-116. [20],267,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T82397; OTA K067329.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.)

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