Excerpt from Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin: Comprising the Celebrated Political and Satirical Poems, Parodies, and Jeux-D'esprit
AS the poems refer to occurrences long since past, a rapid 'glance at the state of events at that time may render them more intelligible to the genera... lity of readers.
The affairs of England were then in a critical position. The ministry of Mr. Pitt was carrying on a fierce war with republican France, the necessity for which had split the public into two great parties. The liberal party alleged, that the whole misfortunes of Europe and all the crimes of France had arisen from the iniquitous coalition of kings to overturn its infant freedom -that, if its government had been left alone, it would neither have stained its hands with innocent blood at home nor pursued plans of aggrandizement abroad; and that the Republic, relieved from the pressure of external danger, and no longer roused by the call of patriotic duty, would have quietly turned its swords into pruning-hooks, and, renouncing the allurements of foreign conquests, thought only of promoting the internal felicity of its citizens.
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