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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 6
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    "I'll trounce some of the members," cry'd the Prince,
    "I'll put a mark against some rebel names,
    I'll make the Opposition-benches wince,
    I'll show them very soon, to all their shames,
    What 'tis to smother up a Prince's flames;
    That ministers should join in it, I own,
    Surprises me!—they too at these high games!
    Am I an Emperor? Do I wear a crown?
Imperial Elfinan, go hang thyself or drown!

    "I'll trounce 'em!—there's the square-cut chancellor,
    His son shall never touch that bishopric;
    And for the nephew of old Palfior,
    I'll show him that his speeches made me sick,
    And give the colonelcy to Phalaric;
    The tiptoe marquis, moral and gallant,
    Shall lodge in shabby taverns upon tick;
    And for the Speaker's second cousin's aunt,
She sha'n't be maid of honour,—by heaven that she sha'n't!

    "I'll shirk the Duke of A.; I'll cut his brother;
    I'll give no garter to his eldest son;
    I won't speak to his sister or his mother!
    The Viscount B. shall live at cut-and-run;
    But how in the world can I contrive to stun
    That fellow's voice, which plagues me worse than any,
    That stubborn fool, that impudent state-dun,
    Who sets down ev'ry sovereign as a zany,—
That vulgar commoner, Esquire Biancopany?

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