THE DYNASTS ACT
So many lives—in such a glorious cause. . . . I join them soon, soon, soon!—O where is Hardy ? Will nobody bring Hardy to me—none ? He must be killed, too. Surely Hardy's dead ?
He's coming soon, my lord. The constant call On his full heed of this most mortal fight Keeps him from hastening hither as he would.
NELSON Til wait, Til wait. I should have thought of it
Presently HARDY comes down, NELSON and he grasp hands. Hardy, how goes the day with us and England ?
Well; very well, thank God for't, my dear lord.
Villeneuve their Admiral has this moment struck,
And put himself aboard the " Conqueror."
Some fourteen of their first-rates, or about,
Thus far we've got The said " Bucentaure " chief ;
The " Santa Ana," the " Redoutable,"
The "Fougueux," the "Santfsima Trinidad/1
"San Augustine/1 "San Francisco/' "Aigle";
And our old "Swiftsure," too, we've grappled back,
To every seaman's joy. But now their van
Has tacked to bear round on the "Victory "
And crush her by sheer weight of wood and brass :
Three of our best I am therefore calling up,
And make no doubt of worsting theirs, and France.
That's well. I swore for twenty.—But it's well.