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JOHN TRUMBULL (1)
American lawyer, satirist and poet
(1750 - 1831)

"'Twas then belike," Honorious cried,
  "When you the public fast defied,
    Refused to heav'n to raise a prayer.
      Because you'd no connections there."
      - McFingal (canto I, l. 541) [Prayer]

But optics sharp it needs, I ween,
  To see what is not to be seen.
      - McFingal (canto I, l. 67) [Eyes]

For any man with half an eye,
  What stands before him may espy;
    But optics sharp it needs I ween,
      To see what is not to be seen.
      - McFingal (canto I, l. 67) [Sight]

But as some muskets so contrive it
  As oft to miss the mark they drive at,
    And though well aimed at dock or plover
      Bear wide, and kick their owners over.
      - McFingal (canto I, l. 95) [Retribution]

As though there were a tie,
  And obligation to posterity!
    We get them, bear them, breed and nurse.
      What has posterity done for us,
        That we, lest they their rights should lose,
          Should trust our necks to grip of noose?
      - McFingal (canto II, l. 121) [Ancestry]

What has poster'ty done for us,
  That we, lest they their rights should lose,
    Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?
      - McFingal (canto II, l. 121) [Posterity]

While briskly to each patriot lip
  Walks eager round the inspiring flip;
    Delicious draught, whose pow'rs inherit
      The quintessence of public spirit!
      - McFingal (canto III, l. 21) [Drinking]

No man e'er felt the halter draw,
  With good opinion of the law.
      - McFingal (canto III, l. 489) [Law]


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