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PITY FOR POOR AFRICANS.
Video meliora proboque
Ï own I am shock'd at the purchase of flaves,
I pity them greatly, but I must be mum,
Besides, if we do, the French, Dutch, and Danes,
If foreigners likewise would give up the trade,
Your scruples and arguments bring to my mind
mint ; But, I can assure you, I saw it in print.
A youngster at school, more sedate than the rest,
His comrades had plotted an orchard to rob, * And ask'd him to go and assist in the job.
He was shock’d, sir, like you, and answer'd "Oh no! What! rob our good neighbour! I pray you, don't go Besides the man's poor, his orchard's his bread, Then think of his children, for they must be fed."
46 You speak very fine, and you
very grave, But apples we want, and apples we'll have;
Thall have a share.
They spoke, and Tom ponder’d_“I see they will go:
" If the matter depended alone upon me,
His scruples thus silenc'd, Tom felt more at ease, And went with his comrades the apples to seize; He blam'd and protested, but join'd in the plan ; He shar'd in the plunder, but pity'd the man.
6. Caw, Printer, Libberton-Wynd, Edinburgh.
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