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The following lines appeared in the early part of 1777, with this introduction. " As the superstition and weakness of human nature is such, that sometimes the most trivial circumstance ; or grossest absurdity is attended with serious consequences, we acquaint the timid and credulous, that characters inscribed on adamant are much more durable than when wrote only on an egg-shell. And also inform the public, that about the time the prophetic egg was laid in the town of Plymouth, with this wTonderful prediction wrote on its shell, " Oh, oh, America, Howe shall be thy conqueror," a hermit, resembling the Genius of America, who had resided in a certain forest from the first settlement of the country, found the following lines inscribed on a fragment of marble near his cave, visited by the curious from all parts of Europe, for the remarkable echo, which oft reverberated in loud peals, heard beyond the Atlantic."
Britannia sinks beneath her crimes, She dies — she dies — let empire rise, And freedom cheer the western skies.