1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

One of the Multitude, "Epigram" Morning Chronicle (1 January 1796).



BURKE, with judicious palate, nice,
Of English Beef prefers a slice
To all the French kickshaws;
For Devil take their new-made Dishes,
They've no such things as Loaves and Fishes
In all their Code of Laws!

ANOTHER.
BURKE, both passionate and rude,
Calls us a "Swinish Multitude,"
Which some think defamation;
But I his meaning thus define—
That, if the People all are Swine,
Hog-drivers rule the Nation.