Printed for Charles Harper, Fleet Street, London, 1705
This poem by Samuel Wesley (1662-1735), John Wesley's father, was written in the wake of the Battle of Blenheim (13th August 1704). The battle was part of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). The poem celebrates the role of John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), whose victory in the battle marked a pivotal point in the conflict. It was regarded as changing point for the future of Europe - a Europe not dominated by France.
The poem shows Samuel Wesley's close alignment with the Establishment and the Stuart monarchy.