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Sliding on Skates in very hard Frost.

1 HOw well these frozen Floods now Represent
2 Those Chrystal Waters of the Firmament!
3 Tho Hurricanes shou'd rage, they cou'd not now
4 So much as curl the solid Water's Brow;
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5 Proud Fleets whose stubborn Cables scarce with-stood
6 Th' impetuous shock of the Unstable Flood,
7 In watry Ligaments are now restrain'd
8 More strict than when in binding O oze detain'd.
9 But tho their Services at present fail,
10 Our selves without the aid of Tide or Gale
11 On Keels of polant Steel securely Sail
12 From ev'ry creek to ev'ry point we Rove,
13 And in our lawless passage swister move
14 Than Fish beneath us, or than Fowl above.

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Title (in Source Edition): Sliding on Skates in very hard Frost.
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. 73-74. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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