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366                                     THE DANCE.
Now Tories all, what can ye say ?
Come—is not this a griper, That while your hopes are danc'd away,
'Tis you must pay the piper.
1 Tlie Dance. The troops under Cornwallis had spread desolation and ruin throughout the country over which they passed on their march from the South. Their numbers enabled them to go wherever they pleased, with comparatively little danger, and their great hatred to the Yankees, often led them fur from the line of march, to the wanton destruction of property and life. The defeat and capture of such an army produced the strongest emotions in the breasts of the Colonists, and their villages, in their houses and their streets, re­sounded with the tokens of social triumph, exultation and joy.

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