Mac Flecknoe or A Satire upon the True Blue Protestant Poet TS

All human things are subject to decay, And when fate summons, monarchs must obey This Flecknoe found, who, like Augustus, young Was called to empire, and had governed long In prose and verse, was owned, without dispute, Through all the realms of Nonsense, absolute. This aged prince now flourishing in peace, And blest with issue of a large increase, Absalom Duke of Monmouth Achitophel Lord Shaftesbury Worn out with business, did at length debate To settle the succession of the State And...