1Virtue once in the Olympics fought a
second, Wisdom, that
3Fortune courageously did her oppose,
giddily for second Folly chose.
sad spectators grieved to see this fray,
6Fearing that Virtue’s side would win the day;
7Thus pitying Fortune and her fellow, Folly,
cockneys sat most melancholy.
9But see the fate of war:
Fortune was blind
laid about her foes to find,
11Nor cared on who, or where, her blows did light.
12Folly as bravely did maintain the fight,
13Not valuing what she did, or what she said,
the people that were so afraid
15’Gan to rejoice. Then Virtue, she
16Wisdom drew back with slow but modest pace;
17Then acclamations made the
Paeans the people unto Fortune sing;
19Folly with Fortune’s help did wear the crown,
20Virtue with Wisdom both were
21Then let none by success judge of the cause,
22For we have lived (ay me) to see the laws
23Of God and Nature basely trampled on,
24When bold impiety the vict’ry won.
a king killed,
that this isle
26Did never see, nor never will see more,
27Unless our God his
princely son restore.