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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Epigram, 1785: ‘Ye kings, behold a brother fall!’
Written extempore, on hearing the rumour of the death of George III.

YE kings, behold a brother fall!
  O England, laugh thy fill!
For scarce a monarch of them all
  Produced you so much ill!
His knavish set of servants strove        5
  To gain their private ends,
They justly lost their country’s love,
  And sold their best of friends.
As king, he was a perfect tool,
  As man, among the best:        10
Then while you mind the sceptred fool,
  Believe a king a jest.
“God bless his bones,” let Britons pray,
  Who never knew his use:
His worst of foes were here: 1 they say        15
  He’s dead; then die abuse.
Note 1. In America. [back]

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