Broadside ballad entitled 'A Familiar Epistle from Dudley to Edinburgh'
SIR JOHN is a dangerous man?
He was born silly towns to beguile?
Of the magic that lurks in his smile :
I've heard him as tenderly sue;
As now he comes courting to you.
A tricolour banner he bore,
To render his principles plain ;
He'll probably wear it again :
His colours had little to do;
And oh ! they'll be lovely to you.
He taught me, the villain, to hope
Such blessings as eye never saw ;
Cheap knowledge, cheap churches, cheap law :
So moving his eloquence grew ;
Ah ! will they not fascinate you ?
He promised the people his aid?
He gave it to Brougham and Grey :
A Whig when he trotted away.
And straight an indictment he drew;
A sad disappointment to you.
But take him?a seat must be had
For Mr Attorney, no doubt;
While his learned adviser is out.
It's time to be " on with the new ;"
Pray take him, I leave him to you !
Probable period of publication:
1830-1840 shelfmark: ABS.10.203.01(097)