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“ And, saved to his country, the criminal wretch “ Shall then pound the hemp he at present would
“ Then real estates,-held so sacred of old, “ For payment of personal debts should be sold; “ And generous heirs, too impatient to wait,
Might lose, ere they had it, their father's estate ; Young Russels and HOWARDS, by mere note of
hand, “ Would then parcel out all their family land; “ And fathers themselves, if a wine merchant's bill “ Grew pressing, would slice off a manor at will, 66 And thus we should see in a fortunate hour “An equal division of wealth and of power."
He ended_and MARTIN,* just wak'd from a doze, Grew conscious, and snufiled applause through his
• Henry Martin, Esq., Barrister at Law, M. P. for Kinsale. See page 42.
The Judges, however, pronounced their belief
Such visions and dreams might pass off in a pleader,
• Lord Grenville succeeded to the late Lord Camelford's real estates.-E.
THE CHOICE OF A LEADER.
March 6, 1815.
With clumsy alacrity Mackintosh rose,
He spoke, but to copy his idiom and tones The muse her despair very candidly owns ;The sound was as Virgil describes of the croak of ravens, that sit on the sinister oak,-
The language, where flourish and flimsiness join,
“ With ample respect for the erudite, great, 66 And eminent men who adorn this debate, 6. With deference deep and profound to the chair, 6 Or rather to those whom I see sitting there, “ I humbly beg leave to express my surprise “ On a question so plain how a doubt can arise ; 66 And that it should not be allowed on all hands
66 What views and what talents the crisis demands.
66 Is this a fit season our notice to draw
“ To quiddits and quirks of the Old Bailey law; “ The rise of a duty, the fall of a loan ; “ Or drunken affrays of Maccollopmahone? “ When Europe (I love great examples to quote) “ Is like the head dish at a Spa table d'hote ;
Where men of all nations, with stomachs not nice, “ Are anxious to seize the best spoonful and slice.
“ When tyrants are basely colleaguing to trench “ On the rights of that innocent people the French; • I gave to their efforts in Liberty's cause “ My first and shall still give my latest applause ; “ You all must remember my earliest work, 66 To vindicate Gaul* from the slanders of BURKE; 66 I ventured the banners of freedom to wave “ In the face of that pensioner, bigot, and slave; “ And sanguine in hope, with sublim elocution, “ Applauded the march of the French Revolution; 66 Defended-of mortals the wisest and best “ MIRABEAU, CONDORCET, Petion, and the rest, “ By whose active minds and stout hands were o'er
thrown “Of priesteraft the altars-of despots the throne“ Precursors and guides in their brilliant career, “ Of HE'BERT, MARAT, and the great ROBES
* Vindiciæ Gallicæ, by James Mackintosh.-E.