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the command in chief with reluctance. I was apprehensive of not being supported at home. I foresaw that the higher the command, the more liable was 1 to be ruined in mp reputation. Even mņ misfortunes, if I had any, might be construed into crimes."
THE CHORUS OF LOYALTY, To the Tune of “ The Anacreontic Song." But Mall resolute Britons by threats be
No-we're ready to meet them, tho' To teach Johnny Bull, à la mode de twenty to one
From our scabbards leaps forth every Some half-itarv'à Republicans made sword-who's afraid? declaration
Tho' they're join'd by the cowardly, That they would inftruét him, like bluftering Donthem, to be free;
In battle we'll shew When this answer return'd from the To our fans culotte foe loyal old nation
That they ne'er shall the pow's of “ Ye ragged banditti
Great Britain o'erthrow. “ Your follies we pity;
In spite of their efforts, we joyfulwill fing “Wear your freedom's ftrait waistcoat Our chorus of loyalty,
« God save the yourselves, if it fit ye;
" “ We're safe, and we're happy, and joyful we'll fing
(Pia.) Should we fall in the contest, “ Our chorus of loyalty, ‘God save how noble the caufe ! the King !
The stone shall record it, that stands
o'er our grave• “Our forefathers bled on the scaffold “ Here lies one, who defended his country and plain
and laws, • To establish a government, wise, jutt, " And died, his religion and monarch to and pure ;
fave." “ We'll defend it till death, and reject This and more shall be said with disdain
(Forre.) But, thank heav'n, we're not * One that searce for a day or an hour will endure
And we still fee great George with his “ Shall your vile guillotine,
crown on his head “ In old England be seen? We can all of us yet, with one heart “ No, keep to yourselves your infernal and voice, fing machine
Our chorus of loyalty, “GOD SAVE “ We're safe, and we're happy, and
The King!" joyful we'll fing “ Our chorus of loyalty, God jave ELOQUENCE OF THE WHIG the King!”
CLUB. 3. This answer of England to Gaul quickly
flew The Frenchmen pretended to give Exch of the Whig Club takes his turn to fail, themselves airs
Fox at the head, and Erskine at the tail. 4 Soon, foon," they exelajm'd, "the proud ifland thall rue,
THE Club was met, and all the “ And John Bull shall be humbled, de
party there, "fend him who dares-
The firft of Dukes, bold Norfolk, in the " He freedom refuses,
chair; “ And our kindness abuses, The toafts went round with more than " And to kick by his old-fashion'd usual gice, maxims he chooses
And Fox's health was drank with three " He says that he's happy, and joyful times three ;
Sooth'd with the found, the god-like " In transports of loyalty, 'God save man expreft the King!"
The patriot pafijon glowing in his breaft. Y y 3
** I love
ET CANTARE PARES ET RESPONDERE
“ I love the Club, where, 'midst a world “Who first excite, and then dire&t, the enslavid,
ftorm, « Thy principles, pure liberty, are fav’d; “To that best point, a radical reform, “ Thy claims in faithful fond remem Tamely submit to tyranny accurít, brance held
“ We are of men, as these of times, the In these worst times, * when public worst, spirit's quell'd,
« Let France, whose virtues in her “ I love the Club, in which, whene'er works I trace are taught
“ That nobleft fabric on the firmeft “ Those sacred rights for which our bare, fathers fought,
“Who on the necks of slaughter'd bi“ Those glorious maxims of the good and great,
“ Her Monarch murder'd, and defied That fix'd the King, the key-stone of her God, the ftate
“ Where despots reign'd, her bolts “ Against their rights the people's refiftlefs hurl'd, power we bring,
“ To free mankind, and fraternize the " To change their government, and world, choose their King.
“ Correct some trivial errors in her " This Club, ('tis Erskine's thought, plan, and phrase, and story,
“ And, false to God, respect the rights * This Club is liberty's conservatory,t
of man, “ Where freedom's hallow'd Aame is “ Then freedom's friends will hail kept alive,
them juft and wise, " Whene'er from Navery's ftupor men “ And England's Whigs unite with revive.
French allies." " Can none remember? yes, I know Thus Fox, amidst the Club's apall muft,
plauses spoke, " When first we took the rights of man At laft they ceas'd, and Erskine in truft,
filence broke. " With what unwcaricd induftry we “I thank the Club; it is my pride Atrove,
and boast, "" Our fellow-men's condition to im- “To find my name precede this sacred prove,
toast, : " Nor to one spoç qur narrow views " My name, which, unconnected and confin'd,
alone, " The friends of liberty and human kind." Isuseless, unimportant and unknown, " Yet now, with liftless apathy, we see “ But with this toast, in partnership “ Ireland ensav'd, when Atruggling to allied, be free.
“ Nor fraud, nor force, nor union can “War, wançon war, abroad, at home, divide, diftress,
“ We must not think that liberty is loft, “. Suspended Atatutes, wrongs denied “Tho' patriot plansunhappily are croft ; redress,
“ Secure the tree remains, ftruck deep " And loft, for ever loft, the freedom the roots, of the press.
“ In vain by blights affail'd, it ftronger “You know my meaning; tho' in times Thoots. of yore
“ Impatient man is ever judging ill, “ Their violated rights the people bore; “ Things most advance, when seeming “ If we, who live in these enlighten'd to ftand fill ; days,
“ Be no intemperate exertions made, “ The new philosophy's meridian We can't adyance, but muft not reblaze,
These expressions are repeated about half a dozen times, but I have leffened the number in the version, as repetition is better calculated to please the hearer than the reader.
+ This phrase of Mr. Erskine is a cruel word for poetry ; it can hardly be forced into a verse, and, when it is, it makes it ridiculous.
* Mr. Erskine, and Trial by Jury:
** Thus, when the tope is flipping furt ?“ Bue why dismist at that eventfultime! away,
« Say what their guilt! a toaft was all ** The failor cries, belay all that, belay,* their crime; 66 1, .thro' the din and storm of party “ A toast I give unhurt, for we are quit,+ ftrife,
“ Pitt nothing takes from me, nor I " ("Tis the sole honour of my worthless from Pitt. life)
" A toaft, which I, by God, I will "Safe in his virtue, in his wisdom wise, always give, “ Hear with his ears, examine with his « While heaven permits me to speak, eyes,
drink, and live; " Where'er he goes, my leader's steps '« I'll teach a bird in tyrant's ears to attend,
ring “And keep my Station juft beneath my “ The Sovereign People, our liege Lord friend,
and King. “ Whate'er he does, I ratify the deed, “ I move the Club, who feel its value “ Swear, as he fwears, when hesecedes, mort, fecede.
* And know its uses best, to vote the “ What various blessings from the Whig toaft, Club Aow,
“With acclamation, and without delay, * He, from a phrase of mine, has “ Perpetual, the order of the day." deign'd to thow,
He spoke. With eager zeal the patriot “My phrase he calls the happiest and band the heft,
Rose, as electrified, and hand in hand,ll “ What oft was thought, but ne'er so With fond fraternal kiss, the motion paft, well expreft;
And swore to drink the toast “ first, « How true my phrase, the present middle, last.” scenes declare,
C.S. 4 Fox in the room, and Norfolk in the March 15, 1799.
chair. " See Norfolk's Duke, the firk of Dukes, dismift,
ON LORD NELSON'S VICTORY. « Drumm'd from his regiment, and ftruck off the lift;
WHEN seven dire plagues, ordain'd 6 Like the first Duke, the first of men, by Heaven's command, disgrac'do
Destruction pour'd o'er Egypt's stubborn " The King's own band, in form, his
Invidious Satan, sworn to plague 'em " Yet I the office of a King respect,
moft, “And do a fubject's duties with effect. Sends a French horde, this plague of “ In council fage, magnanimous in plagues his worft ; arpas,
Then Nelson, animate with pious pride, * Cashier'd was Norfolk, e'en 'midst Rescues the land, and Satan's hordes war's alarms;
destroy'd; “ Extinguish'd too was Fox, the firft Nor claim'd the glory, but to Heaven of men,
alone “ His light put out-- Put out the Devotes that fame his modeft valour
light, and then
* In this speech of Mr. Erskine I take his own words, and give his own quotations, “ Put out the light and then,” and “in their ears we'll hollow Mortie mer,” are very judicioully borrowed from Shakspeare; but " belay all that;" “the tree, the roots, the blight,” and “we are quit," are happy effusions of vulgarity, sedition, and ilang.
+ The ease and familiarity of this expression are, I believe, not to be pasallelled, either in the Analytical or Critical Reviews, or even in the learned labours of Citizens Tooke or Paine,
This is not taken from the last speech of Mr. Erskine, nor will it probably be in the last he will make, but I found it in one of his declamations in Weftinin. fter Hall, and in another at the Crown and Anchor,
il The Whigs of France yote, it seems, in the same manner as the Whig Club of England.
Y y 4
SOLILOQUY ON THE POLL TAX. Whileimpious France insults Britannia's TO pay, or not to pay? that is the Mark'd out for plunder by her ravenous
coaft, question.Whether'tis better in the mind to suffer
hoft; The laughs and quizzes of the powder'd While humbled nations groan beneath
her sway, pates, Or to take arms against fo many trou- Compellid alike to suffer and obey ; bles,
While tenets false from rank rebellion's And by a guinca end them!-- To pay— Spread like a pest from Paris to the Nile,
foil to puff No inore-and by that puff tofay we end I take the sword with no unhallow'd 'The heart ache, and the thousand na
views, tural shocks
At such an hour what patriot can refuse? We elle must meet with-'tis a con
Not smit with love of terror-breathing summation
war, Most dearly to be earned.-To pay
The blood-ftain'd laurel, and the conto puff.
queror's car; To puf? but then to pay, aye there's Not with the Pagan hero's zeal inspird, the rub,
Todeeds of death by mad ambition fird; For, in the day we pay,
Not led in slaughter's defolating train, what duns may
By vengeance flush'd, to swell the heaps When we have shuffled off our golden Leagu'd with’ my friends, the glittering
of slain ; piece,
fword I wave, Must give us pause. There's the respect That makes black perriwigs of fuch Not to extend an empire, but to save ; duration ;
To guard, with tteady front, my native
land For who would bear the quips and scorns of ladies,
From foreign foes, and faction's despe.
rate band; The sport of bucks, the proud man's contumely?
To ftop the march of democratic rage,
To shield the forms of innocence & age, Fun of despised friseurs, the hoots of boys, The insolence of powder, and the spurns To bid diftruft, and fear, and discord, Unpowder'd jaseys of the powder'd get, And Thelter virtue in the arms of peace. When he himself might his quictus make With one pound one.- Who would in such a cause may British fpirit rise jeerings bear,
A pattern in surrounding nation's eyes; To fume and sweat whene'er he went Teach them to make our envied lot
their own, abroad, But that the loss of one and twenty Whose freedom finds her safeguard in
the throne; shillings, Gone to commissioners, from whose Teach them that those who blended dread bourn
ftrength excrt No shilling e'er returns, puzzles the will, No force can conquer, and no frand And makes us rather bear unpowder'd
That those, & those alone, are truly free, Than fly to powder with a heavy loss.
Who spurn the chains of Galļic liberty, Thus licences make cowards of us all; Who fro:n the word of truth their
tenets draw, And thus the lively hue of whiten'd nobs Is blacken d o'er by this cursed powder And trace their rights to governinents
and law, And many a jasey, grizzle, bob, and Thus armd, may Britain hold her scratch,
envied place, With this regard, pomatum lay aside,
As friend and champion of the human
race ; And lose the name of powder.
Pious and loyal, merciful and brave,
Sull may she prove, in these distracted
times, II'ristinly the Commanling Officer of a The Micid of virtue, and the scourge Troop of oluntiers.
of crimes, CALL'D to defend my injur'd coun: And still repose, while sweeps the try's caule,
arenging rod, Advance her welfare, and maintain ller hopes in union, and her trust in God. heç laws,
SUMMARY OF POLITICS, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC.
N our last view of the political state of Europe, we inferred
would attend the early operations of the French, but that they would ultimately fail in the execution of their plans for the diffufion of their principles, and the extenfion of their conquests; and that the first disaster they should experience would rouze the latent embers of revolt into a flame, in all the subjugated countries, distinguished by the prostituted appellation of Republics, from the Netherlands to the remotest corner of Italy. In one part of our predi&tion alone have we been deceived—we mean the extent of their early successes; some trifling and indecisive advantages gained in the Tyrol, and, in a part of the country of the Grisons, being the only operations which could have the smallest claim to be called successful. Never, in the short space of a single month, did. any events occur that gave so complete a change to the aspect of affairs in Europe, as those which have occurred in the course of the last month. The French stimulated, as we before observed, by a defire of crushing the Austrians, before their allies, the Rulians, could co-operate with them, and by the necessity of providing for their armies, by the plunder of foreign countries, commenced hoftilities, both in Germany and Italy, before the armistice was declared to be at an end. They expected, by this treacherous proceeding, so perfectly consistent, however, with the unitorm teror of their conduct as to excite surprize in the mind of no man who knew them, to take the Auftrians unawares, to overrun the country betwixt the Rhine and the Danube, to excite, by means of their emiflaries, mutiny among the Imperial troops, and insurrection among the peasantry, and, then, pushing forward, to drive the Archduke back to the very walls of Vienna, and so to intinuidate the Emperor as to make him listen to the evil councils of the enemies of his worthy minifter Thugut, and facrifice the honour and safety of his crown and people, to a pufillanimous defire for peace. But, happily for the German empire, and for the whole civilized world, the heroic conduct of Prince Charles, and the intrepidity of his troops, have averted the impendin calainity, and, triumphing over every obitacle, have overwhelmed their treachers ous foes with disgrace.
.We noticed in our last the capture of the Austrian General Auffenburg, and a strong body of his troops, after a desperate refiftance, under the walls of Coire; the reduction of the Grisons was the consequence of this victory. But in order to complete the plan of the French, which was to effect a junction of their two armies, that of Massena, in Switzerland, with that of Jourdan, in Germany, it was necessary to carry the important poft of Feldkirch, which was occupied by the Austrian Gen. Hotze, whose line extended