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e saw, by their efforts, the limits of France “ In rapid progression o’er Europe advance, “ Before her, Kings, Princes, and Commonwealths
« On the Po, the Tessino, the Rhine and the Waal! “ And who can behold, without sorrow and pain, “ This flourishing Empire dismember'd again? “ Her standards repelled from the Sarre and the
Dyle, “ All the way to the out-works of Verdun and Lille: - The friends of political freedom will mourn 66 On this side the Rhine to see Germans return; 66 And even the cruellest heart it must touch, 66 That Holland is basely transferred to the Dutch!
“ But this is not all_the complaints of the Poles “ Should ring in our ears, and sink deep in our
souls ! “ That nation, once happy, united, and free, “ Near forty years since was divided in three !
“ Before that atrocious event, 'tis confest, “ No people was ever more tranquil, more blest ; “ Except once a year, when a question might rise “ Between two great parties—the sko's and the ski's, “ And diets and councils of state came to blows “ To determine the claims of the ski's and the sko's. “ And shall not Great Britain (of justice the pattern) “ Redress the oppressions of FRED’RICK and Cath’
RINE! 66 And reclaim, for the Poles, by our voices and votes, " Their national birth-right-to cut their own
“But scarcely less vile than the seizure of Poland “ Has been our base conduct to poor Heligoland; “ That innocent isle we have stolen from the Danes, “ And it groans with the weight of our trade and
our chains, « On that happy strand, not two lustres ago, 66 The thistle was free in luxuriance to grow;
“ The people at liberty starv'd, and enjoy'd 66 Their natural freedom, by riches uncloy’d. “ But, now, all this primitive virtue is filed; 66 Rum, sugar, tobacco, are come in its stead; “ And, debauch'd by our profligate commerce, we
“ This much-injur'd race drinking porter and tea, “ And damning, half-fuddled (I tell it with pain) “ Their true and legitimate master—the Dane!
66 The Dane!--Oh what thoughts at that word
must arise !
“ A Monarch so good, unambitious and wise ; " Who firm and devoted by BONAPART stood, “And ne'er injured England-except when he could ! “ Yet this worthy Prince, we, by treaties, despoil “ At first of his ships, and at length of his soil.
“ Akin to this crime, are the allied attacks on “ The royal, revered, and respectable Saxon!
" Good heav'ns, with what colours, what words
can I paint “ The trials and woes of this suffering saint!
At Dresden so bold, and at Leipsic so true, “ To the aid of the French all his forces he drew, “ And, from their united success he afar saw “ A richer reward than the Duchy of Warsaw. “ Had fortune not frown'd on NAPOLEON the Great, “ How different, to-day, were Augustus's fate! “ The Niemen, the Rhine, then, had bounded his
reign, “ And Stralsund displayed his gay flag o'er the main; “ In Prague he, perhaps, had exalted his seat,
And Hamburgh and Dantzig had crouch'd at his
“ Then Prussia's proud King (if the French spared
his head) “ Had begged through the world for a morsel of bread, " And the Elbe and the Danube, the Oder and Weser, “Had giv'n to Augustus the title of Cesar.
• Though Germany, England, France, Sweden
and Spain, * Russia, Prussia, and Portugal join to maintain “ These crimes, I assert, without fear of receding, 6i Unanimous EUROPE condemns the proceeding ;“ I have lately in Switzerland been, and declare 66 The crowds which I met in the solitudes there, “ Men, women, and children, the goatherds, and
But here a loud laugh quell'd the orator's notes ; And glad to extinguish a preacher so dull, The Meeting unanimous bellowed 56 a bull!!" Save Mathew alone, who, in accents of thunder And great indignation, roar'dout"a Scotch blunder!"
In vain poor Sir James, in a treble-pitch'd sereech, Endeavour'd to follow the thread of his speech; Coughs, sneezes, and laughs, pealing loud thro’ the
Pronounc'd in a tempest, the candidate's doom;