1795.7 - "The Political Christian; or, Mr. P---t's Prayer for the Approaching General Fast, Since the Hand of God has led the French into Holland"

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British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism 1793-1815, by Betty T. Bennet, Edited by Orianne Smith

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1795.7
The Political Christian;
or, Mr. P---t's Prayer for the Approaching General Fast,
Since the Hand of God has led the French into Holland
[1]
"Cypher"
The Morning Post (February 5, 1795)

The Triple Flag should France display,
    And cloud Britannia's Sun;
Be this our Pray'r both night and day,
    O Lord thy will be done!

For thou art just in all thy ways,
    Attach'd to truth alone;
Should Gallia make our cities blaze,
    O Lord thy will be done!

If, rescu'd from the iron hand,
    Of hard Oppression's Son,
She'd destined for this happy land,
    O Lord thy will be done!

For thou art good to all alike,
    Creation's all thy own;
If we're the victims thou would'st strike,
    O Lord thy will be done!

If K---s by poison are to fall,
    By pistol, sword, or gun;
Or rule in vengeance o'er us all,
    O Lord thy will be done!

For Thou art Wisdom self-confest,
    From thee all blessings run;
Though Millions pine, let K---s be blest,
    O Lord thy will be done!

But if, regardless of the Times,
    Injustice stain the Throne,
May vengeance reach Oppression's crimes,
    O Lord thy will be done!

For thou art firmer in thy rage
    Than Adamantine stone;
From base Corruption clear this Age,
    And thus thy will be done!


Notes

1. [Author's note]: "Vide Mr. Pitt's Speech."

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September 2004