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Unblest by Virtue, Government a league
Becomes; a circling junto of the great
To rob by law ; Religion mild, a yoke
To tame the stooping soul; a trick of state
To mask their rapine, and to share the prey.
What are without it SENATES, save a face,
Of consultation deep, and reason free,
While the determin'd voice and heart are sold?
What boasted Freedom, save a sounding name?
And what Election, but a market vile
Of slades self-barter'd ? Virtue! without thee
There is no ruling eye, no nerve in states :
War has no vigour, and no safety PEACE:
E'en JUSTICE warps to party!

THOMSON.

HARLOW: PRINTED BY B. FLOWER ;

FOR M. JONES, No. 5. NEWGATE STREET, LONDON,
AND SOLD BY THE DIFFERENT BOOKSELLERS

IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

1810.

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PREFACE.

It was our intention, agreeably to the intimations we have , lately given cur readers, that the present volume should close our Political labours. But the proceedings of parliament during the late sessions, involving in them, amongst other important objects, some of the dearest rights of Englishmen, having given rise to much popular discussion; and being urged by many of our readers to collect the various Resolutions, Addresses, &c. which have passed at different public meetings, together with other important documents, it is our intention to enter on another volume, and which, judging by the aspect of the times, and our own sentiments and feelings, will be the last.

At such a period as the present, it is the peculiar duty of the people to be well informed of, and carefully to preserve in remembrance, the language and the conduct of their representatives, and more particularly of those statesmen to whom they have for many years past been wont to consider as the opposers of corruption, and the friends of Reform. The speech of Lord Grey, on the State of the nation, of which we have given an ample report in our Supplementary Number, affords another melancholy lesson how little is to be placed in the professions of public men, before they are amply tried, and of the folly of expecting any effectual redress of our national grievances during the present degenerate state of what is called the represen

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