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82                                BANKS OF THE DEE.
Prepare for war's conflict; or make preparation
For peace with the rebels, for they're brave and glee;
Keep mindful of dying, and leave the foul nation
That sends out its armies to brag and to flee.
Make haste, now, and leave us thou miscreant tories !
To Scotland repair! there court the sad houris,
And listen once more to their plaints and their stories
Concerning the "glory and pride of the Dee."
Be quiet and sober, secure and contented : Upon your own land, be valiant and free; Bless God, that the war is so nicely prevented, And till the green fields on the banks of the Dee. The Dee then will flow, all its beauty displaying, The lads on its banks will again be seen playing, And England thus honestly taxes defraying, With natural drafts from the banks of the Dee.
1 Oliver Arnold, was celebrated for his ready wit at repartee. At
the time Joel Barlow, (who was on terms of intimacy with him,)
was enjoying much notoriety, for his revised and altered edition of
Watts's Psalms and Hymns, Arnold pi*esented him with the following
stanzas:
" You've proved yourself a sinful cre'tur; You've murder'd Watts and spoil'd the metre ; You've tried the word of God to alter, And for your pains deserve a halter."






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