1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "The Resignation" St. James's Chronicle (27 May 1783).



With gen'rous Pity B—ke sublimely touch'd,
Two pale Delinquents to their Seats restor'd;
His Honour for their Honesty he vouch'd,
And surely no Man would dispute his Word.

The knowing ones stopp'd short; they smelt a Rat,
And cry'd some Stratagem's in Agitation!
They spoke; but in the Ardour of Debate
Fox cunningly advis'd a Resignation.

A Resignation presently took Place,
P—w—ll and B—mb—dge modestly retire:
The Oratour resumes his soft Grimace;
He sav'd himself, but as it were by Fire.