1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gifford

Anonymous, "On the Rise and Progress of Popular Disaffection" The News (15 June 1817) 190.



When the Court and the Land have differ'd,
Call in S—y, call in G—d;
S—y will explain the evil,
G—d will whitewash the Devil.
Scribbling colleagues do not slacken,
G—d bit, and S—y blacken
Do not spare John Bull, but hang him,
If he tries to reason, hang him;
And if hanging will not do,
Try the quartering Review.