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HOURS OF IDLENESS.

ON THE DEATH OF MR. FOX,[1]

THE FOLLOWING ILLIBERAL IMPROMPTU APPEARED IN THE "MORNING POST."

"Our Nation's foes lament on Fox's death,
But bless the hour, when Pitt resign'd his breath:
These feelings wide, let Sense and Truth unclue,
We give the palm, where Justice points its due."


TO WHICH THE AUTHOR OF THESE PIECES SENT THE FOLLOWING REPLY[2] FOR INSERTION IN THE "MORNING CHRONICLE."

Oh, factious viper! whose envenom'd tooth
Would mangle, still, the dead, perverting truth;[3]
What, though our "nation's foes" lament the fate,
With generous feeling, of the good and great;
Shall dastard tongues essay to blast the name[4]
Of him, whose meed exists in endless fame?
When Pitt expir'd in plenitude of power,

Though ill success obscur'd his dying hour,
  1. [The stanza on the death of Fox appeared in the Morning Post, September 26, 1806.]
  2. The subjoined Reply.—[4to]
  3. Would mangle, still, the dead, in spite of truth.—[4to]
  4. Shall, therefore, dastard tongues assail the name
    Of him, whose virtues claim eternal fame?—[4to]