"Victorious Reason" may "afford / A Nobler Conquest then the Sword"

— Philips, John (1676-1709)

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"Victorious Reason" may "afford / A Nobler Conquest then the Sword"
Metaphor in Context
    He knew His wide Command
       Of Sea and Land.
  And therefore gen'rously disdain'd
In vain to hold the Ballance in His Hand:
       The Gallick Rage
  Must therefore feel His pow'rful Might,
Or render to His Sacred Umpirage.
But first, in Prudence, He more softly chose
By holy Mediation to Compose
  The Bloody Strife, and gently cool
The Flaming Ardour of Aspiring Rule;
Deeming, Victorious Reason would afford
  A Nobler Conquest then the Sword.

  Thus interposing, all submit,
    And with respectful Awe
  Lay their Pretensions at His Feet:
And finding His Determinations Just,
    The Germans gladly yield,
The Gallick Fury murm'ring, quits the Field;
  And the distinct Confederates
Applaud the Issue of His Wise Debates.
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.