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A NODE, 1764.
Whence can arise these dread alarms ?
Why are the rabble up in arms ?

And why this mighty faction?
No Mary Squires, no Cock-lane ghost,
No witch to drown, no priest to roaft,
No batteaux-plats upon our coast,

To keep their minds in action :

Nor lord to hang, nor chief to shoot,
No bonfires now for Clive or Coote,

No Indian spoils to fare.
That Halifax distress'd our trade,
How much his service was o'er-paid,
And what a shameful peace we made,

Is all an old affair.


Implore of Heaven fome phantom new,
'Till war shall be again in view,

To keep the people quiet;
Ele shall we be at wondrous pains,
Since there's no foe abroad remains,
To knock out one another's brains,

In party-feuds and riot.
Who then to seek in such a case
But those true patriots out of place,

Those only men of merit;
Not who from principle resign’d,
But those not let to stay behind,
They always can an object find

That's worthy such a spirit.
Yes, when their hopeful schemes are croft,
Their incense gone, their fal’ries lot,

They've quite fufficient reason;
(So 't'as been judg'd, at least of late,)
To set at variance King and state,
That perturbation to create,

But little short of treason.
How oft in this unsteady realm,
Shall headstrong faction feize the helm

Thro popular delusion!
Confess no Sov'reign but the mob,
And being each aslign’d his job,
Their country thus combine to rob,

And spoil its constitution,



Chatham, thy cause was sure the worst,
Yet own'd in ev'ry cause the first

For virtues as for birth ;
Tears at thy death from all sides, flow,
But hadft thou died some years ago,
The publick had not honour'd so

Thy then unsullied worth.
Is there no praise, nó glory due,
To Gran-now, nor e'en to you

When out of oppofition?
There S

is endear'd to fame, There C

too, a fav'rite name, Nor one nor t'other was to blame

In fight or expedition.
These all are bless’d with wealth and parts,
With knowing heads and honest hearts;

They love the common-weal;
G 's a p- of vast renown,
Towes nothing to the crown,
But cringing to a giddy town

Displays a noble zeal. s

has judgment, Lafense, B

harangues in mood and tense,
H-shews both wit and reading,
To stability and truth,
Pintegrity and youth,
Nor W-

nor B

are uncouth In visage or in breeding.


Rare heroes there to brave their
So good, so wise, to every thing

Great oracles of freedom;
Fit leaders of a clam'rous throng,
'Gainst all in office, right or wrong,
In hopes, no doubt, before 'tis long,

That they shall supersede 'em.

Let's fift both parties man by man,
For ere fince government began,

E'en to this very hour,
The nation's faith has been abus'd,
We've been too easily amus’d,
With cant of patriotism us’d,

To cover luft of pow'r.

Many there are both out and in,
Dispos'd to go thro’ thick and thin,

And so I end my story,
Inscrib'd to H and to H.
Statesmen who often have been try'd
And always chuse the strongest fide,

Be't either Whig or Tory.

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God prosper long our noble King,

Our lives and safeties all!
What woeful discord once there did

In Britain's ille befall !

To drive three kingdoms, hound and horn,
Earl St-

_t took his way;
The child may rue that was not born

A Scotsman on that day.

The tout Earl of Northumberland

A vow to God did make,
A daughter of this Scottish peer's

His son to wife should take ;

The choiceft honours of the land

To win and bear away :
The tidings to Earl Temple came,

At Cotes's where he lay ;

Who sent Lord Percy present word

He would prevent his sport; The stately Earl, not fearing this,

Did daily go to court,

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