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I want a hero: an uncommon want,
When every year and month sends forth a new
Till, after cloying the gazettes with cant,
discovers he is not the true one; Of such as these I should not care to vaunt,
I'll therefore take our ancient friend Don Juan, We all have seen him in the Pantomime Sent to the devil, somewhat ere his time.
Vernon, the butcher Cumberland, Wolfe, Hawke,
And fill’d their sign-posts then, like Wellesley Each in their turn like Banquo's monarchs stalk,
Followers of fame, « nine farrow» of that sow: France, too, had- Buonaparte and Dumourier, Recorded in the Moniteur and Courier.
Barnave, Brissot, Condorcet, Mirabeau,
Petion, Clootz, Danton, Marat, La Fayette, Were French, and famous people, as we know;
And there were others, scarce forgotten yet, Joubert, Hoche, Marceau, Lannes, Dessaix,
And still should be so, but the tide is turn'd; There's no more to be said of Trafalgar,
?Tis with our hero quietly inurn’d; Because the army's grown more popular,
At which the naval people are concern'd: Besides, the Prince is all for the land-service, Forgetting Duncan, Nelson, Howe, and Jervis.