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268                                THE ETIQUETTE.
God save the king ! and should he choose His people's confidence to lose. What matters it ? they'll not forget To serve him still—through etiquette.
1 In the original publication of this song, the first is a five line stanza, having
" Tliough risk it all, and nothing get?
after the third line.
3 The Yankees at Long Island. Among other incidents of the retreat of the Americans from Long Island, in 1776, the loyal prints circulated the following: " From report, we hear that Mr. Wash­ington and his dirty rebel outcasts, got a good soaking the other day, in their flight from Long Island. They were so vigorously pursued, by our brave fellows, that many of them took to the water like dogs, and swam over the creek. A deserter, lately come into the royal lines, says he saw nearly all the rebel army drying their only shirt and trowsers on the bushes, meanwhile performing various monkey tricks and other rebel discipline, to keep warm in their buffs. He didn't see Mr. Washington in this new rebel armor, so we suppose he was comfortably situated in some one of those hay lofts he has unjustly pressed from the friends of justice, right, and a loving king."

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