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Who, when hefriended by a

“ Wood," In virtut's hope intrepid stood, Resolved (once inore) to cross the flood. (Calais to Dorer.

The Queen.

Who, when she read proud Melville's note,
And though refused the Royal Boat,
She took ihe first she found afloat. [The common Packet.

The Queen.

Who, when bereft of dearest kin, No home, but at the common inn, [South Audley Street. « Wood" took the Houseless Stranger in.

The Queen.

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Who, when assail'd by Jenky's * Bill, [Bill of Puins, &c.
By Gifford's speech, and Old Sid's pill,
Proclaiin'd to all her Royal Will.

The Queen.
Who, when abused by “ Morning Post,"
Courier, and Slop, corruption's host, [The Newspapers.
Defiauce bid to all their boast.

The Queen.
Who, when address'd by men of fame,
Did cheerfully receive the same,

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The following Parody, sung by Braham, in a new piece entitled “ Zuma, or the Tree of Health." It is an adaptation of the famous Chanson or Hymn de Marseillois, to words directly applicable to the present contest between Spain and her Colonies:

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Peruvians wake to glory!
Hark! what myriads bid


Your children, wives, and graudsures hoary,

Behold their tears, and hear their cries!
Shall fell invaders, mischief bleeding,

With Spanish hosts, a ruffian band,

Affright and desolate the land,
While peace and liberty lie bleeding!
To arms! to arms! ye brave!

The avenging sword unsheath,
March on! all hearts resolved

On liberty, or death!
Oh, liberty ! can man resign thee,

Once having felt thy generous tlampe
Can Spanish bolts and bars couline thee,

Or whips thy noble spirits tame?
Too long Peru biaś wept bewailing,
The savage power hier conquerors wield,

But freedom is our sword and shield!
And all their arts are unavailing!

To arms; &c.


It was observed to Thomas Paine, that the British and Irish were naturally inclined to monarchy; so much so, that in their convivial meetings they always had a toast-master; and if six of them went to a tavern to drink a bottle of wine, one woald be put into the chair, who would collect the hill, and pay the waiter-and the rest would receive benefit by bis attention.

Very true, Sir,” said Mr. Paine: “ but supposing your six men met every day to drink their bottle, and that they had no more, and the chairman always took a pint to himself: they would soon, I think, contrive to do without one; that is, if they were fond of wine, and had common sense.”

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Of all the evils incident to man in society, the worst is delusion. It must be the forerunner of all evils, because, without the aids of delusion there could be no tyranny, there could be no corruption, there could be no means of making one portion of the community labout to support another portton in idleness. There is delusion in religion, there is delusion in law, there is delusion in politics; and all these delusions operate to the injury of the industrious classes, and to their injury alone. The first delusion that was practised upon societies of men, I consider to have been religious: I am inclined to think that the priests were the first to elevate themselves above their fellows in society, and to exercise authority over them. This elevation soon became habitual, and very soon was claimed as a divine right. This elevation too gave rise to distinctious in society, and to support those distinctions, it was necessary that the great body of mankind, should be deluded. The better to effect this, the priests began to proclaim themselves vicegerents from heaven, and to speak to the deluded multitude in the name of God. This produced the desired effect: the multitude believed, trembled, and resigned their consciences to the keeping of the priests. Now every thing was complete, the power of the priests become absolute, and the multitude obeyed them implicitly in all things. The human mind being fettered in those trammels, and the priesthood habituated to absolute sway, disputes arose, as ambition delights in nothing inore than war and conquest. Then, to support the quarrels of the priests, a military order became necessary, and some few campaigns and conquests must have shewn this military order their strength and combined power, and some favoured General might have had the ambition to claim a share in the rule of the multitude with the priests, hence those robbers called Kings arose, and as delusion was necessary to

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8!1pport this craft 109, the priests were preserved as a distinct order, and uuiting themselves to those royal robbers against the welfare of the multitude, they continued to speak in the name of God, and proclaim the King his representative on earth, and to pronounce his person sacred. A military power was established, and lost the wrongs and sufferings of the multitude should be calculated to open their eyes, the delusion of the priests was supported by the force of the military order. This is my idea of the origin of priestcraft and kingeraft. Delusion was the source of both, and dreadful bave been its consequences. The reader might here perceive, that if the Representative System of Government had been established in those first stages of society, all those evils arising from priestcraft and kingcraft would bave been spared, for the representative system of govertment must naturally act for the welfare of the whole: as is the state and character of the society, such will be its government. The representative system of government is alike adapted for the most polished state of society, and the most ignorant and uncivilized. It is sure to be the mirror of society, whatever be its character, and is the best calculated to improve the condition of the whole. It is undoubtedly the summum bonum of mankind.

I have scarcely need to discuss more particularly the delusion of religion, because, I am bold to say, that every thing practised under, or connected with, the word religion, is delusion. We must admit that there is a power in nature which we cannot comprehend, and on the word God we cannot form one satisfactory idea. Our ignorance of the laws of nature compels us to acknowledge that we cannot comprehend that power which we call God, and in my opi niou, there can be no true veneration towards that power, but the admission of its incomprehensibility. It is quite vaib and idle to talk to, or about; what we cannot comprehend; therefere every species of public worship, and every thing that bears the name of religion, must be delusion. When the priest and fanatic call upon us to say what we intend to substitute for religion; be our answer, moral virtue. Moral virtue is the only essential to the happiness of man; religion is its bane. The bugbear of a future life is one of the main props of religion, but what proof have we ofany thing of the kind? Upon what argument even can such an idea te fóuuded? What do we pörreive in man more than ani inal life and animal organization? The gift of speech is the common answer. But birds are empowered with the

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