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Sunday, 21 July 2019

The Newsmonger by Royall Tyler

Of mazy faction, politics, and love
Of union blest, of youthful married pair,
Or bitter rue of age, with sweetest buds
Of rosy youth, by frolick Hymen tied
In grotesque bundle, of weeping widow
And orphan babes by mournfull accident
Bereaved, of monstrous births, and monsters brought
From distant climes to feast the curious eye
And lurch the treasured cent from gaping youth,
Of patent points and pills, and trader sly
Threatening with lawyer, ruthless writ and jail
His trembling debtor; of tardy hectic
Or pestilence swift-winged; vindictive storm,
Appalling earthquake and tornado fell,
Or war, far more destructive in its rage;
The Newsmonger* shall tell. Oh as you read,
Let deep reflection mark the varied tale.

*The Newsmonger was an imaginary newspaper.

From: Tyler, Royall and Péladeau, Marius B. (ed.), The Verse of Royall Tyler, 1968, The University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, p. 165.
(https://archive.org/details/verseofroyalltyl0000tyle/)

Date: 1807

By: Royall Tyler (1757-1826)