Excerpt from The Lion and the Water-Wagtail: A Mock Heroic Poem, in Three Cantos
The following Poem is a sort of prediction. It was planned, and almost entirely executed, at the time when the Duke of York sent in his resignation; so very easy was it, even then, to anticipate every event which has since taken place. If this Work should strengthen, in any degree, those symptoms, which at present seem to confirm that the nation will be restored to a sound way of thinking, the Author's hopes and expectations will be abundantly gratified; and, as the strongest and most meritorious trait in the English character is to atone for error, perhaps the good people of this kingdom may be content to carry on their work of reform without seeking to reflect on any illustrious person, or conniving at any calumny directed against the peace of their Sovereign.
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