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INSTRUCTIONS, SUPPOSED TO BE WRITTEN IN PARIS, FOR THE MOB IN ENGLAND.

1 Of Liberty, Reform, and Rights I sing,
2 Freedom I mean, without or Church or King;
3 Freedom to seize and keep whate'er I can,
4 And boldly claim my right The Rights of Man
5 Such is the blessed liberty in vogue,
6 The envied liberty to be a rogue;
7 The right to pay no taxes, tithes, or dues;
8 The liberty to do whate'er I chuse;
9 The right to take by violence and strife
10 My neighbour's goods, and, if I please, his life;
11 The liberty to raise a mob or riot,
12 For spoil and plunder ne'er were got by quiet;
13 The right to level and reform the great;
14 The liberty to overturn the state;
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15 The right to break through all the nation's laws,
16 And boldly dare to take rebellion's cause:
17 Let all be equal, every man my brother;
18 Why one have property, and not another?
19 Why suffer titles to give awe and fear?
20 There shall not long remain one British peer;
21 Nor shall the criminal appalled stand
22 Before the mighty judges of the land;
23 Nor judge, nor jury shall there longer be,
24 Nor any jail, but every pris'ner free;
25 All law abolish'd, and with sword in hand
26 We'll seize the property of all the land.
27 Then hail to Liberty, Reform, and Riot!
28 Adieu Contentment, Safety, Peace, and Quiet!

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    Title (in Source Edition): INSTRUCTIONS, SUPPOSED TO BE WRITTEN IN PARIS, FOR THE MOB IN ENGLAND.
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    Poems, &c. &c. by the Late Mrs. Mary Alcock [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Dilly, Poultry, 1799, pp. 48-49. vii,[25],183,[1]p. (ESTC T86344) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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