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-And now, with web-foot oars, she gains the land, And foreign footsteps press the yielding sand: - The Communes spread, the gay Departments
smile, Fair Freedom's Plant o'ershades the laughing isle: -Fired with new hopes the' exulting peasant sees The Gallic streamer woo the British breeze; While, pleased to watch its undulating charms, The smiling infant* spreads his little arms.
Ye Sylphs of Death, on demon pinions flit Where the tall guillotine is raised for Pitt: To the poised plank tie fast the monster's back t, Close the nice slider, ope the expectant sack; Then twitch, with fairy hands, the frolic pinDown falls the’ impatient axe with deafening din; The liberated head rolls off below, And simpering Freedom hails the happy blow!
* The smiling infant-Infancy is particularly interested in the diffusion of the new principles. - See the Bloody Buoy;' see also the following description and prediction :
Here Time's huge fingers grasp his giant mace,
Botanic Garden. + The monster's back--Le Monstre Pitt, L'Ennemi du Genre hamain.-See Debates of the Legislators of the Great Nation passim.
This admirable burlesque on Dr. Darwin's Loves of the Plants' is said to be the joint composition of Messrs. Canning, Ellis, and Frere.
Chiswick : PRINTED BY C. WHITTINGHAM; FOR CHARLES S. ARNOLD, TAVISTOCK STREET,
COVENT GARDEN, LONDON,
Ludicrous and Sportive.
Ye rats, in triumph elevate your ears!
Where Science sends her sons in stockings blue
While venal cats (leagued with degenerate curs, Of faded Prudes the four-legged pensioners) On the soft sofa ranged in order due, For eleemosynary muffin mew, Regardless of the meed that Fame bestows, Their tail a feather for each wind that blows; Thee, generous Dick, the cat-controlling powers Ordain'd to mouse in academic bowers; Bade thee the sacred stream of sapience sip, And in Pierian cream thy whiskers dip!
Enshrined celestial cateries among, The sable matron, from whose loins he sprung, Who traced her high descent through ages dark From cats that caterwaul'd in Noah's ark, Stern brindled nurse, with unremitting care, To high achievements train’d her tabby heir; On patriot cats his young attention fix’d, And many a cuff with grave instruction mix'd; Taught the great truth, to half his race unknown, • Cats are not kitten'd for themselves alone; But hold from Heaven their delegated claws, Guardians of larders, liberty, and laws.'
Let cats and catlings of ignoble line Slumber in bee-hive chairs, in dairies dine;