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SCENE-Holland. TIME-During the Government of the
Rail on, rail on! and when the rod of power
Falls heavy, why, no doubt 'twill comfort you
Amid your dungeon miseries, to reflect
How valiantly you talk'd! you know Count Roderick ;He would be railing too!
And what has followed?
I saw him in his dungeon: 'tis a place
Where the hell-haunted murderer might almost
Rejoice to hear the hangman summon him.
With watching thro' the grate the snow-flakes fall,
But does Philip
Command these things, or knowingly permit
Knowest thou not with what confidence the King
That 'tis with Philip a twin act to know
Of our state-creed, 'twere heresy to doubt.
But sure Count Roderick's service
He served his country and his country paid him
I would I were in England!
Aye, get thee home again! you islanders
Know 'tis as idle to exclaim against
These state oppressions, as with childish tears
And for struggling
Why 'twould be like an idiot in the gout
To break the stillness of the Night,
Invoking oft the Sister Powers,
Bright Guardians of these hallowed towers,
With high-crown'd goblets richly stor❜d,
* The irregularities, hinted at in these stanzas, written some years ago, have since been much corrected, by wise and recent regulations.