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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Songs from the Plays
Song of Æolus, from King Arthur
YE blust’ring Brethren of the Skies,
  Whose Breath has ruffled all the Watry Plain,
Retire, and let Britannia rise,
  In Triumph o’er the Main.
Serene and Calm, and void of Fear,        5
The Queen of Islands must appear:
Serene and Calm, as when the Spring
The New-Created World began,
And Birds on Boughs did softly sing,
Their peaceful Homage paid to Man,        10
While Eurus did his Blasts forbear
In Favour of the Tender Year.
Retreat, rude Winds, Retreat,
To Hollow Rocks, your Stormy Seat;
There swell your Lungs, and vainly, vainly threat.        15

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