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162                               THE PROPHETIC EGO.
And when veracity again, Shall in a Tory's bosom reign ; When vice is virtue, darkness light, And freemen are afraid to fight; When they forget to play the men, And with the spirit of a hen, Desert the just and sacred cause ; And opening Heaven smiles applause On such a bloody, barbarous foe, Then I'll be concpiered by a Howe.
1 Another jyrophecy. The credulity of the ignorant was often im­posed on by the advocates of both parties, during the revolution. 'I he following extract from a letter, written a short time after the battle at Trenton, will explain itself. " '1 he enemy appear to be panic-struck in tbe extreme. God prospers our arms in an extraor­dinary manner. There is to be an eclipse of the sun to-day, and we mean, if possible, to attack the Germans as soon as it begins, and take advantage of their ignorant superstition."

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