The European Magazine (March 1793), pp. 232-233
Written on the Murder of the late unfortunate Monarch of France.
By Mr. Thomas Adney.
Unhappy Louis! well thy fate may claim
The gen'rous pity that a nation shows;
Thy many wrongs shall not be told in vain,—
Alas! who weeps not at thy many woes!
Beset by fraud—condemn'd by partial laws,
Nought but thy BLOOD could sate a trait'rous band;
No friend hadst thou to plead thy honest cause,—
Unheard thou died'st to please a guilty land!
Hear ye, whole pity comforts the distress'd,
And shed a tear, for meet it is indeed;
Hear ye, who glory in a kingdom blest,
And say, BRITANNIA blushes at the deed!
The base may thrive, to whom a pow'r is giv'n,
But conscious virtue finds reward in Heav'n!