The text is done, and now for application,
And when that's ended, pass your approbation.
Though the conspiracy's prevented here,
Methinks I see another hatching there;
If they had strength enough, and damn this play.
But this the author bade me boldly say:
|And there's a certain faction fain would sway, ||5|
If any take his plainness in ill part,
He's glad on't from the bottom of his heart;
With the same spirit brave men for it fight;
|Poets in honor of the truth should write, ||10|
And though against him causeless hatreds rise,|
And daily where he goes of late he spies
The scowls of sullen and revengeful eyes,
And serves a cause too good to let him fear:
He fears no poison from an incensed drab,
|'Tis what he knows with much contempt to bear, ||15|
No ruffian's five-foot-sword, nor rascal's stab,
Nor any other snares of mischief laid,
From any private cause where malice reigns,
|Not a Rose-alley cudgel-ambuscade,||20|
Or general pique all blockheads have to brains:
Nothing shall daunt his pen when truth does call,
No, not the picture-mangler at Guildhall.
Have now set forward and their course begun;
And while that prince's figure they deface,
|The rebel-tribe, of which that vermin's one, ||25|
As they before had massacred his name,
Durst their base fears but look him in the face,
A face, in which such lineaments they read
Of that great martyr's whose rich blood they shed,
|They'd use his person as they've used his fame; ||30|
That their rebellious hate they still retain,
And in his son would murder him again.
Rouse and unite to take his injured part;
Till royal love and goodness call him home, And songs of triumph meet him as he come;
|With indignation then, let each brave heart, ||35|
Till heaven his honor and our peace restore,
|And villains never wrong his virtue more. ||40|
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Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan.
Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor.
Publisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin company,..
Place of publication: Boston; New York.
Publication year: 1939.
Page number: 150.
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