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Broadside ballad entitled 'The Dreadful Voice of Fire'
F I R E,
Begun at Edinburgh, the 3d of February 1700.'
Temperet a Lachrymis ??----------??
THE Elements, Earth, Water, Air, and Fire,
Earth opened it's mouth, 'gainst people bad,
(Because to Heav'n, no mouths these people had)
Of Knowing Men ; when Fire (alas) Commences
And as is pincht in narrow bounds it went,
Streight for St Geils; but soon it did Repent,
And slayed at the Statue, thence did flee
North watd to th' Croce, to serve it's Luxury.
How did it Triumph 'ore the sturdy Oak ?
And did obscure fair Cynthia, by it's smoak ?
Dislodging soon the Loving Man and Wife,
The, Family and Children, without strise;
From Bubel's Tow'r them sending to the deep
Of saddest Plight, yea some amidst their sleep,
Vulcan was now inexorable grow'n;
Nor Piety nor Riches, would he oune;
Best Gifts of Heav'n and earth he did disdain,
Threatning with blood, his Fury to maintain;
And.deaf as Adria, did neglect the Cryes,
Of rich and poor, all in deep Miseryes;
Yea did invade the day of Holy Rest,
And so the Toun, with hideous flames, molest,
He raged so, so domineered he,
As, but himself, no other God could be,
At last, by Holy Pray'rs, he was apear'd,
And then his force and cruel fury ceas'd
Hence learn ye Mortals, what 'great madness be,
To build up houses, thrice five stories high,
Or to put Trust, in any earthly Thing,
Save in Great GOD, of Heav'n and Earth the Kings
But trust in him alone, who can defend
You, from sad accidents, and dreadfull End;
And now repent, and to the Lord now turn,
Last he should you, in Flames eternal, burn.
Date of publication:
1700 shelfmark: S.302.b.2(012)