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208 the old Man's song.
1 To vanquish the fair. " If they had not been rebels," said Burke, " I could have been lavish in praising women, who, reduced by the ruin of civil discord to the most horrid situations of distress and poverty, had generosity and public spirit to strip the blankets, in the freezing season, from themselves and their infants, to send to the camp, and preserve that army which had gone out to fight for their liberty. And shall Britons overlook such virtue, and will they persist in oppressing it ? Shall we give them no alternative but unconditional submission ? A three years' war has not terrified them, distressed as they are, from their great purpose. Let us try the power of lenity over those generous bosoms."
The following verses are taken from a manuscript diary, kept during the revolution, now in possession of the editor.
" God bless our gentle mothers, dear, Who cheer us on our way ! God bless our loving sisters, dear, Who with them at home stay.
We'll fight for them, and die for them,
To keep them from Tory ! We'll raise our hearts in prayer for them,
Wherever we may be."