1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gen. John Burgoyne

Anonymous, "A Dialogue at Hyde-Park Corner" Freeman's Journal or North American Intelligencer [Philadelphia] (24 April 1782).



BURGOYNE.
Let those who will, be proud and sneer,
And call you an unwelcome peer,
But I am glad to see you here:

The prince that fills the British throne,
Unless successful, honours none;
Poor Jack Burgoyne! — you're not alone.

CORNWALLIS.
Thy ships, De Grasse, have caus'd my grief—
To rebel shores and their relief
There never came a happier chief:

In fame's black page it shall be read,
By Gallic arms my soldiers bled—
The rebels thine in triumph led.

BURGOYNE.
Our fortunes various forms assume,
Had I been blest with elbow room,
I might have found a different doom;

But you that various forms assume,
In little York thought fit to hide,
The subject ocean at your side.

CORNWALLIS.
And yet nor force had gain'd the post—
Not Washington, his country's boast,
Nor Rochambeau with all his host,

Nor all the Gallic fleet's parade—
Had Clinton ventur'd to my aid,
And Sammy Graves been not afraid.

BURGOYNE.
For head knock'd off, or broken bones,
Or mangled corpse, no price atones;
Nor all that prattling rumour says,
Nor all the piles that art can raise,
The poet's or the parson's praise.

CORNWALLIS.
Tho' I am brave, as well as you,
Yet still I think your notion true:
Dear brother Jack, our toils are o'er;—
With foreign conquests plagu'd no more,
We'll stay and watch our native shore.