1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "Verses on ... what passed in the House of Commons, relative to the Clauses A, B, C, and D, of Mr. Wedderburne's Bill, for restraining the Sale of Annuities for the Lives of the Granters" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (4 April 1777).




BURKE, to the strange new-fangled Bill,
With pointed and praise-worthy skill,
(This from your paper, Sir, I gather)
Objected, and in hum'rous stile,
Which, doubtless, made his audience smile,
Call'd fluent Wedderburne its father.

Whether in fact, he is or not,
'Tis sure the bantling of some Scot,
And clearly proves the father's heart:
For wise men see, 'tis slavish here,
And wise me see, 'tis slavish there;
'Tis slavery in every part.