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LITERATURE

OF THE

REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD

1765–1787

INDEPENDENCE.

THY
THY spirit, Independence, let me share,

Lord of the lion-heart and eagle-eye ;
Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare,

Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky.
Deep in the frozen regions of the North,
A goddess violated brought thee forth,-
Immortal Liberty, whose look sublime
Hath bleached the tyrant's cheek in every varying clime !

TOBIAS GEORGE SUOLLETT.

ON THE WAR WITH AMERICA.

The people whom they affect to call contemptible rebels, but whose growing power has

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at last obtained the name of enemies,

are abetted against you, supplied with every military store, their interests consulted, and their embassadors entertained, by your inveterate enemy; and our ministers dare not interpose with dignity or effect. ... I love and honor the English troops : I know their virtues and their valor: I know they can achieve anything except impossibilities ; and I know that the conquest of English America is an impossibility.

My lords, you cannot conquer America ! .. You may swell every expense, and every effort, still more extravagantly; pile and accumulate every assistance you can buy or borrow; traffic and barter with every little pitiful German prince that sells and sends his subjects to the shambles of a foreign prince : your efforts are for ever vain and impotent–doubly so from this mercenary aid on which you rely. ... If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms-never-never-never !

WILLIAM Pitt, EARL OF CHATHAM. A.D. 1777.

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