1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Thelwall

Anonymous, "Parody of an Extract from The Triumph of Liberty, in the Jacobin Chronicle of Yesterday" The True Briton (2 January 1796).



Let venal Chroniclers pour forth their lay,
And crown Conspirators with civic bay;
To Felons Adulation's incense breathe,
And Glory's chaplet for a Traitor wreathe.
No Lecturer's smile shall e'er my genius warm;
My soul no THELWALL'S frown shall e'er alarm.
With gen'rous pride I dare my heart oppose,
For thee, O ENGLAND! to an host of foes;
Dare smile at all the terrors of the Mob;
Dare term their marks an Opposition Job;
Dare to expose the Democratic knave;
Tear Freedom's mask from FACTION'S abject slave;
'Gainst Jacobins assert the rights of Law,
The good to screen, the bad to overawe.
Immortal Britons! guard a Monarch's Throne,
Who justly thinks the People's Rights his own.