1771 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "Advice to Mr. Patriot B—ke" General Evening Post (25 February 1771).



Would you a Patriot be of high repute,
Lament lost Liberty, and blame Lord B—,
The P—ss D—r, Lord M—d too,
And all the anti-patriot crew;
Follow the sage advice of Lawyer Trick,
"Of dirt great plenty throw, that some may stick,"
Be ever scurrilous, traduce your K—,
Oppose the Ministers in every thing;
That weak, vile, base, detested set of men,
Give as hard names as flow from tongue or pen;
Proclaim to all the world that each disgraces
His master's trust, and all should lose their places;
Cut, slash, and slay each courtier's reputation,
And soon you'll be the idol of the nation.