To scorn the summer's suns and winter's snows,
And search through every clime thy country's foes ;
That thou might'st Fortune to thy side engage ;
That gentle Peace might quell Bellona’s rage ;
And Anna's bounty crown her soldier's hoary age?)
In vain we think that free-will d man has power
To hasten or protract th' appointed hour.
Our term of life depends not on our deed :
Before our birth our funeral was decreed.
Nor aw'd by foresight, nor misled by chance,
Imperious Death directs his ebon lance;
Peoples great Henry's tombs, and leads up Holben's
Alike must every state and every age
Sustain the universal tyrant's rage :
For neither William’s power, nor Mary's charms,
Could or repel or pacify his arms.
Young Churchill fell, as life began to bloom ;
And Bradford's trembling age expects the tomb:
Wisdom and eloquence in vain would plead
One moment's respite for the learned head :
Judges of writings and of men have dy’d;
Mæcenas, Sackville, Socrates, and Hyde :
And in their various turns the sons must tread
Those gloomy journies which their fires have led.
The ancient Sage, who did so long maintain
That bodies die, but souls return again,
With all the births and deaths he had in store,
Went out Pythagoras, and came no more.