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For her the wise and great shall mourn,

When late records her deeds repeat; Ages to come, and men unborn,

Shall bless her name and sigh her fate. Fair Albion shall, with faithful trust,

Her holy Queen's sad relics guard, Till Heaven awakes the precious dust,

And gives the saint her full reward.
But let the King dismiss his woes,

Reflecting on his fair renown;
And take the cypress from his brows,

To put his wonted laurels on.
If, press’d by grief, our Monarch stoops,

In vain the British Lion's roar:
If he, whose hand sustain’d them, droops,

The Belgic darts will wound no more.
Embattled princes wait the chief

Whose voice should rule,whose arm should lead; And, in kind murmurs, chide that grief

Which hinders Europe being freed. The great example they demand,

Who still to conquest led the way;
Wishing him present to command,

As they stand ready to obey.
They seek that joy which used to glow

Expanded on the hero's 'face,
When the thick squadrons press'd the foe,

And William led the glorious chase.
To give the mourning nations joy,

Restore them thy auspicious light: Great Sun !' with radiant beams destroy

Those clouds which keep thee from our sight.

Let thy sublime meridian course

For Mary's setting rays atone; Our lustre, with redoubled force,

Must now proceed from thee alone. See, pious King! with different strife

Thy struggling Albion's bosom torn; So much she fears for William's life,

That Mary's fate she dare not mourn. Her beauty, in thy softer half

Buried and lost, she ought to grieve; But let her strength in thee be safe;

And let her weep, but let her live. Thou, guardian Angel! save the land

From thy own grief, her fiercest foe, Lest Britain, rescued by thy hand,

Should bend and sink beneath thy woe. Her former triumphs all are vain,

Unless new trophies still be sought, And hoary majesty sustain

The battles which thy youth has fought. Where now is all that fearful love

Which made her hate the war's alarms? That soft excess with which she strove

To keep her hero in her arms ? While still she chid the coming spring,

Which call’d him o'er his subject seas; While for the safety of the King,

She wish'd the Victor's glory less. 'Tis changed ; 'tis gone: sad Britain now

Hastens her lord to foreign wars : Happy if toils may break his woe,

Or dangers may divert his cares,

In martial din she drowns her sighs,

Lest he the rising grief should hear;
She pulls her helmet o'er her eyes,

Lest he should see the falling tear.
Go, mighty Prince; let France-be taught

How constant minds by grief are tried ;
How great the land that wept and fought,

When William led, and Mary died ! Fierce in the battle make it known,

Where Death with all his darts is seen, That he can touch thy heart with none

But that which struck the beauteous Queen. Belgia indulged her open grief,

While yet her master was not near;
With sullen pride refused relief,

And sat obdurate in despair.
As waters from her sluices, flow'd

Unbounded sorrow from her eyes;
To earth her bended front she bow'd,

And sent her wailings to the skies : But when her anxious lord return'd,

Raised is her head, her eyes are dried ; She smiles as William ne'er had mourn'd;

She looks as Mary ne'er had died. That freedom which all sorrows claim,

She does for thy content resign; Her piety itself would blame,

If her regrets should waken thine. To cure thy woe she shows thy fame,

Lest the great mourner should forget That all the race whence Orange came,

Made Virtue triumph over Fate.

William, his country's cause could fight,

And with his blood her freedom seal; Maurice and Henry guard that right

For which their pious parents fell. How heroes rise, how patriots set, Thy father's bloom and death

may

tell : Excelling others these were great ;

Thou, greater still, must these excel. The last fair instance thou must give

Whence Nassau's virtue can be tried, And show the world that thou canst live

Intrepid, as thy consort died. Thy virtue, whose resistless force

No dire event could ever stay, Must carry on its destined course,

Though Death and Envy stop the way. For Britain's sake, for Belgia’s, live;

Pierced by their grief forget thy own; New toils endure, new conquest give,

And bring them ease, though thou hast none. Vanquish again, though she be gone

Whose garland crown'd the victor's hair ; And reign, though she has left the throne

Who made thy glory worth thy care. Fair Britain never yet before

Breathed to her king an useless prayer; Fond Belgia never did implore,

While William turn'd averse his ear. But should the weeping hero now

Relentless to their wishes prove; Should he recall, with pleasing woe,

The object of his grief and love;

Her face with thousand beauties bless'd,

Her mind with thousand virtues stored, Her power with boundless joy confess'd,

Her person only not adored:
Yet ought his sorrow to be check’d;

Yet ought his passions to abate ;
If the great mourner would reflect,

Her glory in her death complete. She was instructed to command,

Great King! by long obeying thee; Her sceptre, guided by thy hand,

Preserved the isles, and ruled the sea. But, oh! 'twas little that her life

O’er earth and water bears thy fame; In death 'twas worthy William’s wife

Amidst the stars to fix his name. Beyond where matter moves, or place

Receives its forms, thy virtues roll ; From Mary's glory angels trace

The beauty of her partner's soul. Wise Fate, which does its heaven decree

To heroes, when they yield their breath, Hastens thy triumph: half of thee

Is deified before thy death. Alone to thy renown 'tis given

Unbounded through all worlds to go; While she, great saint, rejoices Heaven,

And thou sustain'st the orb below.

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