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PROTEST AGAINST THE BALLOT

          FORTH rushed from Envy sprung and Self-conceit,
          A Power misnamed the SPIRIT of REFORM,
          And through the astonished Island swept in storm,
          Threatening to lay all orders at her feet
          That crossed her way. Now stoops she to entreat
          Licence to hide at intervals her head
          Where she may work, safe, undisquieted,
          In a close Box, covert for Justice meet.
          St, George of England! keep a watchful eye
          Fixed on the Suitor; frustrate her request--                10
          Stifle her hope; for, if the State comply,
          From such Pandorian gift may come a Pest
          Worse than the Dragon that bowed low his crest,
          Pierced by thy spear in glorious victory.
                                                              1838.


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