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And the sun wont down, and the stars camo out far over the summer
sea, But nevor a moment ceased the fight of the one and the fifty-three. Ship after ship, the whole night long, their high-built galleons came, Ship after ship, the whole night long, with her battle thunder and
flame; Ship after ship, the whole night long, drew back with her dead and
her shame. For some were sunk and many were shattered, and so could fight us
God of battles, was ever a battle like this in the world before ?
For he said, "Fight on! fight on!”
XI. And the night went down, and the sun smiled out far over the sum
mer sea, And the Spanish fleet with broken sides lay round us all in a ring; But they dared not touch us again, for they feared that we still could
Sink me the ship, Master Gunner sink her, split her in twain ! Fall into the hands of God, not into the hands of Spain!”
And the gunner said " Ay, ay,” but the seamar made reply:-
And the stately Spanish men to their flagship bore him then,
And they stared at the dead that had been so valiant and true,
flags, And the whole sea plunged and fell on the shot-shattered navy of
Spain, And the little “Revenge" herself went down by the island crags To be lost evermore in the main.
BY SIR WALTER RALEIGH.
[SIR WALTER RALEIGH was born near Sidmouth, Devonshire, 1552; entered Oriel College, Oxford ; left it to volunteer for the Huguenot cause in France, and fought at Jarnac and Moncontour; was later in various expeditions, and became noted as a dashing adventurer; was patronized by Leicester, and became a favorite of Elizabeth and high in office ; 1684-1587 fitted out three expeditions to colonize America, and in 1587 colonized a large grant in Ireland ; in 1592 was sent to the Tower for a love affair ; in 1595 explored the northeastern coast of South America, and in 1596 published “The Discovery of Guiana"; in 1596 helped win the great naval action at Cadiz; in 1597 stormed Fayal ; 1600–1603 was governor of Jersey ; after James's accession was imprisoned in the Tower for conspiracy (1603-1616); released to go on an exploring expedition, he violated his parole by making war on the Spanish settlements, and was beheaded October 29, 1618. While in the Tower he wrote one volume of a “ History of the World" (1614), suppressed by James; “ The Prerogative of Parliaments" (1616); “The Cabinet Council ” (1858); and “a Discourse of War."]
Go, Soul, the body's guest,
Upon a thankless arrant:
The truth shall be thy warrant:
Say to the court, it glows
And shines like rotten wood;
What's good, and doth no good:
Tell potentates, they live
Acting by others' action;
Not strong but by a faction :
Tell men of high condition,
That manage the estate,
Their practice only hate :
Tell them that brave it most,
They beg for more by spending, Who, in their greatest cost,
Seek nothing but commending:
Tell zeal it wants devotion;
Tell love it is but lust; Tell time it is but motion;
Tell flesh it is but dust: And wish them not reply, For thou must give the lio.
Tell age it daily wasteth;
Tell honor how it alters; Tell beauty how she blasteth;
Tell favor how it falters : And as they shall reply, Give every one the lie.
Tell wit how much it wrangles
In tickle points of niceness; Tell wisdom she entangles
Herself in over-wiseness : And when they do reply, Straight give them both the lie
Tell physic of her boldness;
Teīl skill it is pretension;
Tell law it is contention :
Tell fortune of her blindness
Tell nature of decay ;
Tell justice of delay:
Tell arts they have no soundness,
But vary by esteeming; Tell schools they want profoundness,
And stand too much on seeming:
If arts and schools reply,
Tell faith it's fled the city;
Tell how the country erreth;
Tell virtue least preferreth:
So when thou hast, as I
Commanded thee, done blabbing,
Deserves no less than stabbing, -
THE BATTLE OF IVRY, 1590.
BY THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY.
[THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY: An English historian and essayist; born October 25, 1800 ; son of a noted philanthropist and a Quaker lady ; died at London, December 28, 1859. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and called to the bar, but took to writing for the periodicals and to politics ; became famous for historical essays, was a warm advocate of Parliamentary Reform, and was elected to Parliament in 1830. In 1834 he was made a member of the Supreme Legislative Council for India, residing there till 1838, and making the working draft of the present Indian Penal Code. He was Secretary of War in 1839. The first two volumes of his “ History of England” were published in December, 1848. His fame rests even more on his historical essays, his unsurpassed speeches, and his “Lays of Ancient Rome."]
Now glory to the Lord of Hosts, from whom all glories are !