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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Blush! Albion, Blush!
From the Pennsylvania Gazette—April 20, 1774

        Messrs. Hall and Sellers—(Publishers),
  Your inserting the following (occasioned by reading in the Packet of this day, the ill-usage of the worthy Dr. Franklin) in your next, will oblige          Your friend, &c.,
  Philadelphia, April 18, 1774.          AN ENGLISHMAN.

BLUSH! Albion, blush! at the unmanly rage
Thy sons assume in this degenerate age;
When worth, like Franklin’s, meets a vile reward,
And infamy, like Wedderburne’s, regard.
Say, shall the man, who, worn with age, has stood        5
The test of senates 1 for his country’s good,
Who nobly dared to right that country’s wrong,
Bear the foul slander of a turn-coat’s 2 tongue?
While venal judges, who disgrace the name
And robes they wear, shall loud applaud the same.        10
His fame shall live, while Wedderburne’s shall die,
(Though “Hear him”—“Hear him”—was the partial cry;)
To ages live within each generous breast,
Of monuments the noblest and the best.
His country (though insulted) too shall raise        15
A grateful tribute to her servant’s praise;
Amply repay the loss he there sustain’d,
When her just cause he ’gainst her foes maintain’d.—
Thus shall he rise, while Wedderburne shall fall,
Abhorr’d, despised, contemn’d, and cursed by all.        20
Note 1. His examination before the House of Commons. [back]
Note 2. Wedderburne deserted the public cause, and joined the ministry. [back]

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