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Now having faith implicit that he can't err,

Hoping his hopes, alarm’d with his alarms; And now believing him a sly inchanter,

Yet still afraid to break his brittle charms,

Lest some mad Devil suddenly unhamp’ring,

Slap-dash! the imp should fly off with the steeple, On revolutionary broom-stick scampering.–

Oye soft-headed and soft-hearted people,

If you can stay so long from slumber free, My muse shall make an effort to salute 'e: .

For lo! a very dainty simile Flash'd sudden through my brain, and 'twill just suit 'e!

You know that water-fowl that cries, Quack! quack!?

Full often have I seen a waggish crew Fasten the Bird of Wisdom on it's back,

The ivy-haunting bird, that cries, Tu-whoo !

Both plunged together in the deep mill-stream,

(Mill-stream, or farm-yard pond, or mountain-lake,) Shrill, as a Church and Constitution scream, TU-WHOO! quoth BROAD-FACE, and down dives the

Drake!

The green-neck'd Drake once more pops up to view,

Stares round, cries Quack! and makes an angry pother; Then shriller screams the bird with eye-lids blue,

The broad-faced bird! and deeper dives the other. Ye quacking Statesmen ! 'tis even so with you

One peasecod is not liker to another.

Even so on Loyalty's Decoy-pond, each

Pops up his head, as fir'd with British blood, Hears once again the Ministerial screech,

And once more seeks the bottom's blackest mud!

1794.

Fire, Famine, and Slaughter.

A WAR-ECLOGUE.

WITH

AN APOLOGETIC PREFACE.

ME DOLOR INCANTUM, ME LUBRICA DUXERIT ÆTAS,

ME TUMOR IMPULERIT, ME DEVIUS EGERIT ARDOR:
TE TAMEN HAUD DECUIT PARIBUS CONCURRERE TELIS.
EN ADSUM: RENIAM, CONFESSUS CRIMINA, POSCO.

CLAUD. Epist. ad Had.

THERE IS ONE THAT SLIPPETH IN HIS SPEECH, BUT NOT

FROM HIS HEART; AND WHO IS HE THAT HATH NOT OFFENDED

WITH HIS TONGUE?

Ecclesiasticus, xix. 16.

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