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THE REBELS. 199
May Congress, Conventions, those damn'd inquisitions, Be fed with hot sulphur, from Lucifer's kitchens, May commerce and peace again be restored, And Americans own their true sovereign lord. Then oblivion to shirts, and rifle-guns.1 God save the King.
1 Then oblivion to shirts and rijie-guns. The uniforms and equipments of the Continental soldiers were the subject of much contempt and irony on the part of the loyalists. The companies of riflemen, from the western mountains, were generally dressed in hunting-shirts and trowsers, of fawn color or brown, adorned with a fringe.
" These from the cerulean mountains hurried down; *******
Beneath their aim the hostile leaders fall,
For death rides swift th' unseen, unerring ball."