On ye Lord Gen. Fairfax at ye Seige of Colchester
Fairfax, whose name in armes through Europe rings,
Filling each mouth with envy, or with praise,
And all her jealous monarchs with amaze,
And rumors loud, that daunt remotest kings,
Thy firm unshak'n vertue ever brings
Victory home, though new rebellions raise
Thir Hydra heads, & the false North displaies
Her brok'n league, to impe their serpent wings.
O yet a nobler task awaites thy hand;
For what can Warrs, but endless Warr still breed,
Till Truth, & Right from Violence be freed,
And Public Faith cleard from the shamefull brand
Of Public Fraud. In vain doth Valour bleed
While Avarice, & Rapine share the land.
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.