To the Complicated Enthusiast. A Satirical Sonnet

Hail, proud Enthusiast for the rights of men
Embattled, and rebellion's troops enroll'd,
American allegiance to withhold!
Enthusiast for the licence of the pen,
Or of the tongue that rails, and rails again,
Till obloquy is dull, and passion cold!
Enthusiast for the Papal Sovereign's hold,
That chain'd the Lion sleeping in his den,
And spurr'd the Wolf — whose cry was Liberty,
And plunder his appeal! — Enthusiast keen
For bitter scorn, when " hurling from his throne "
Darius, great and good! — for Chivalry
Enthusiast — and for Capet's amorous Queen!
For Pensions — and (above the rest) your own .
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