1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "On a late Motion in the House of Commons" Public Advertiser (13 December 1781).



When CAESAR, who commanded half the Globe,
A Victim fell to Senatorial Rage;
Mark Antony held forth the Blood-stain'd Robe,
The Mob's Revenge, and Pity to engage.

So B—KE, the Copier of whining Tony,
Who scratches England's Mob whene'er it itches;
Weeps o'er the Rag that hid a Traitor's Money,
And boasts to have at home his Coat and Breeches!

ED—D! when next thou would'st a Motion make
To foul thy Country, or amuse the Town;
The Breeches drop, the Coat, now hallow'd take,
And if it fits thee, wear it as thine own!