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The Prospect.

1 FRom a tall Praecipice on the Sea-side,
2 A Rev'rend Hermite view'd the spreading Tide:
3 The Flood was curl'd with a becoming Wave;
4 But no Praesage of rising Tempests gave.
5 A goodly Ship was coasting by the Place,
6 Like a proud Courser foaming in her Pace;
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7 With flatt'ring Courtship, the Lascivious Gails
8 Her Streamers curl'd, and wanton'd in her Sails.
9 The Waves divide to give the Pageant way;
10 Then close, and with rais'd Heads, the Pomp survey.
11 Whilst the grave Man this spectacle intends,
12 (Pleas'd with the sight) a suddain Storm descends.
13 The Winds grow rude, and rend the shaken Boat;
14 On the swoln Flood, the tatter'd Streamers float:
15 So, Blossoms with too violent a Breeze,
16 Are torn, and scatter'd round their shaken Trees.
17 Then, to his Cell return'd, the Anchorite
18 Draws sage Remarques from this Disastrous sight
19 Of Earthly Grandeur, weighs the Uncertain state;
20 Which, in its gawdiest Bloom, and proudest Height,
21 Stands most expos'd to th'Shock of suddain Fate.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Prospect.
Author: Nahum Tate

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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, pp. 24-25. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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