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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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1805.1
Picture of France
"O, L, E, O, N."
The Gentleman's Magazine, LXXV (February 1805), p. 159

                  Oh!! Liberty's cap,
                  Beware of mishap
                  From taking a NAP!!!

The French are so lull'd by their Corsican Nap!!!
That they've swallowed a crown, and lost the red cap,
Which on poles hung in air they once saw in a trance,
As the emblem of Liberty, rooted in France.

This cap is not model'd in fashion or shape,
To set off the noddle of Tiger or Ape.[1]
The former first tried it, but found the words good,
Which enrag'd him so much that he drench'd it in blood.

Weak and lank from his frolic, he threw the cap by,
Which the Ape picking up, plac'd just over one eye.
Though so smart now his phiz it became not the cap,
So 'twas seiz'd, and destroy'd whilst enjoying their NAP—


Notes

1. [Author's note]: "Voltaire's definition of the French people.

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