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76 LOYAL YORK.
" His task, though severe, he discharges with ease, And studies, like us, to preserve and to please; Oh! think how he feels, between brother and brother, When he's sent to reconcile one to the other.
" Then cease, I beseech you, nor longer provoke The hand, which so tenderly wards off the stroke. Such counsel as this was enough, one would think, To save them from ruin, though just on the brink.
"Bat would you believe, a committee they'd choose, Consisting of three, who had nothing to lose ? One was a cock of the first game, Who hand over hand was determin'd on fame.
" The second A-dam dog who lives upon strife, And knows nought but hemp can lead him a worse life : The third was a Cooper,2 good Lord, long preserve him, Or, as I want rhyme, may his customers starve him !
" Together they went on a grand consultation, To prove a republic was good for the nation, And to show the old dame, it was easily prov'd, Pronounced, by four words, all objections remov'd.