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We then should know there were earth-gods among us , Whose independence could not need to wrong us ! And if they did , from mere ' caprice , their station Would claim a trembling and obeying nation . [ Thunders of applause , and thunders of opposition . ARIA . But since we find they ' re maik'd full oft As nature ' s verriest fools , la all things save the herald ' s craft ,
Why should we be their tools ? Why should we worship at the feet Of things that are compelled to eat , Yet will not work to get their meat , And cannot think
Aught rational for governing , But talk , sleep , drink , Wear out in wantonness , game , dance , and sing , And die , bequeathing to like noble folks , Pride , wealth , disease , and the same glorious hoax ! \_ A continued uproar of applause , and aristocratic execration .
CHORUS OF PEERS , With trumpet obligate Tank I tank I too-too !—Rise , souls of fire , And let each peer with lofty ire Think of the glories of his sire , And make these slaves their folly rue In chains or carnage!—tank ! too-too f Trank-titty-hank !—Shall ages gone , And honours left from sire to son ,
Be by our vassals trampled—won—And blown away like dust and flue ? Never—no , never !—tank too-too !
Must peers—trank hank I In stellar rapk , Heed baying hounds—ira ling , too-too I Relinquish—hank f Large tax—trank trank / Because men starve ?—hank hank , too-too I [ Shouts of applause ; in which the people join , carried beyond themselves by its excellence /
CHORVS OF PLOUGHMEN . Led by William FlaiL Off with the malt-tax now ! That National robbery ( of which The State is robbed—by many a leach ;) That makes the labourer wipe his streaming brow ,
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No . 97 . B
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1835, page 41, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2641/page/41/