1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gen. John Burgoyne

Cato-Censor, "Extempore, on two Officers accusing each other" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (18 May 1773).



Says General B—e to General C—e,
'Tis a shame that by war and by slaughter you thrive,
Says General C—e to General B—e,
If it were not for both you ne'er had been one.
But reveng'd murder'd subjects by nabob's subjection;
And taught savage Indians the fate of the Black Hole
Was as fit for a nabob's as Englishman's soul.
But your character sure is as mine great and brittle,
So remember the proverb of pot and the kettle.
I've enriched my country, conquered its foes,
And gain'd my election without riot or blows.