1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "On reading Burke's Reflections, and Paine's Age of Reason" American Mercury [Hartford] (8 March 1798).



As Jack and Will, the other day,
Came piping hot from college,
They met with Burke upon the way,
That blunderbuss of knowledge.

Tom Paine pass'd next, then in a fret—
Said Jack, "In lucky season,
We came from Oxford, since we've met
The two great lights of reason."

"That each pursues a different plan,"
Said Will, "seems very odd;
"One tramples on the Rights of Man,
And one the Rights of God!"

Said Jack, "I think they're arrant knaves,
And both deserve to swing:
'Tis plain they'd wish to make us slaves
To Satan — and — the King!"