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A NEW SONG TO AN OLD TUNE.
107
Now, indeed, if these poor people's nerves are so weak, How cruel it is their destruction to seek! Dr. Johnson's a proof, in the highest degree, His soul and his system were changed by tea.
But if the wise council of England doth think, They may be enslaved by the power of drink, They're right to enforce it; but then, do you see ? The Colonies, too, may refuse and be free.
There's no knowing where this oppression will stop; Some say—there's no cure but a capital chop; And that I believe's each American's wish> Since you've drench'd them with tea, and depriv'd 'em of fish.
The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, By the gods, for poor Dan Adam's use were made free, Till a man with more power, than old Moses would wish, Said, " Ye wretches, ye shan't touch a fowl or a fish! "
Three GeneralsJ these mandates have borne 'cross the sea, To deprive 'em of fish and to make 'em drink tea; In turn, sure, these freemen will boldly agree, To give 'em a dance upon Liberty Tree.






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