1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "Impromptu on reading Mr. Burke's Declaration in the House of Commons relative to Mr. Fox's Skin" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (4 February 1782).



Paddy B. in his zeal
For Britannia's weal,
Declares that when C—t—l—'s dead,
He will strip off his skin,
Then wash it quite clean,
And fit it to *B—'s drum head.

When Charles heard of this,
He took it amiss,
Not being so ready to die;
And roar'd out in a huff,
Prithee use your own buff,
Which is fittest, because 'tis most dry.

From hence we may gather,
That on one skin or other,
(As the faction have little to lose)
They would beat an alarm,
The whole nation to harm,
If they make it but turn to their use.

* It is said the Colonel was a drummer.