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The record next to infamy we turn, 1777.
Sophia, newly-born, with infant voice,
Amidst the heat of senatorial strife, 1778.
Chatham appears with fast retiring breath, And where his country claim'd his well spent life,
Makes a last effort for her cause in death.
In consequential tones,
And wonder at Paul Jones.
Ye chiefs of the ocean your laurels throw by, "Or the cypress entwine with each wreath,
"At the shrine of humanity heave a soft sigh, "And a tear now let fall for his death:
"Yet the genius of Britain forbids us to grieve,
So sang a Bard, when Cooke's regretted blood
To former joys of royal sire and mother
And now reluctantly we telf 1780.
What the Metropolis befel,
From lawless villains who defame,
To grace their guilt, religion's name:
"No Popery," the factious cry
That led to deeds of blackest dye;
"No Popery" the signal dire
To light up Discord's fiercest fire;
And London sees, in pale amaze,
Her palaces and temples blaze;
Her magistrates stand idly by,
While conflagration braves the sky.
'Till rous'd from her lethargic trance,
Mark, the Dutch admiral By Land yielding,
* These riots, the worst that ever disgraced a civilized nation, lasted from the 30th of May till the 8th of June, during which time the rioters were absolute masters of the metropolis and its environs; many chapels and houses were demolished, and their contents committed to the flames; Newgate, the King's Bench, and the Fleet Prisons, were set on fire, and the prisoners liberated. 'J he Bank was twice attacked, but without effect; and 36 fires were visible at one time, from an eminence near Ilampstead. The numbers killed and wounded in the streets and on Blackfriars bridge, amounted to fcix hundred, independent of many whose wounds were privately attended, from t! eir not wishing to have it known they had been concerned in the tumult. Several of the principal rioters were hanged at, or near the places where outrages were committed. Lord George was committed to the Tower for high treason, at firr.t a close prisoner, but, after some time had elapsed, he had moie indulgence, and was eventually acquitted cn his trial.
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And, the proud record to compleat,
Cornwall succeeds as Mister Speaker;
All hope of peace grows daily weaker,
While on our victories we dwell,
* The Dutch Admiral, Count Byland, struck his flag to Capfain Fielding, rathei than submit to a question of search;—Rear Admiral Parker sent home a vast number of French and Spanish prizes;—Admiral Sir Ceorge Rodney, after taking a Spanish G4, with her convoy of 22 merchant ships, gained a complete victory over the squadron commanded by Don Juan De Langara, five sail of the line were taken, and one blew up;—Rear Admiral Digby took a French 64.Admiral Rowley captured two large French frigates; and Admiral Parker took a convoy of nine sail, froia Martinico;—the Salisbury took a Spanish 50 gun ship;—^Rodney defeated Admiral De Guichen;—Admiral (leary took eleven sail of merchant vessels; and Captain Edward Moore, of the Fame privateer of Dublin, with his single ship took 4 French Letters of Marque,
Became Became, ob, sorrow and surprize!
Captive to England's enemies.*
War with the Dutch adds to our troubles, 1781.
And trade's embarrassment redoubles.
If I mistake, 'tis your's to judge it,
But only overhaul the Budget
Which, for the service of the year,
Will millions, twenty-three appear;
Thousands, seven hundred fifty-six,
And hundreds, (as accountants fix,)
Some one or two;—a sum so great
Had ne'er before disturb'd the state;
But " damned custom" hath, as now one sees,
«« Made it" to us " a property of ease."
The French take Jersey, 5ere the dawn of light,
Only to quit it with returning night.
Ne'er shall the genuine, grateful tear,
Cease to embalm brave Pierson's bier;j
* A large outward-bound West India fleet and five East Indiamen, in all about 55 ships, unfortunately fell into the midst of the combined fleets of France and Spain, in the bay of Cadiz, in the night between the 8th and Oth of August, and were almost all taken.
t The gallant Major Pierson, with the assistance of Captains Aylward and Mulcaster, and the militia of the island, re-took the town of St. Hellear, wl ich had capitulated ("under Governor Corbett,) to the French General; who, as well as Mapr Pierson, .. was slain in the re-capturc.
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