Pigs' meat; or, lessons for the swinish multitude: Published in weekly penny numbers, collected by the poor man's advocate (an old veteran in the cause of freedom) in the course of his reading for more than twenty years. Intended to promote among the labouring part of mankind proper ideas of their situation, of their importance, and of their rights. And to convince them that their forlorn condition has not been entirely overlooked and forgotten, nor their just cause unpleaded, neither by their maker not by the best and most enlightened of men in all ages. [pt.1]
Spence, Thomas, 1750-1814.
Lines addressed to the Grand Conspirators AGAINST HUMAN LIBERTY.
DELUDED ravagers! enslavers of Mankind,
All your ambitious dreams too late (tho' soon) you'll find,
Must end in freedom's triumph—slavery dismay—
No more shall despotism darken reason's day!
Ah! son's of regal folly and inflated pride
Lay all your butchering, murdering schemes aside
Let not your hands again in human blood be dy'd!
Kindness—not cruelty—implies parental care:
If ye are fathers—let actions shew ye are!
Not see, inhumanly, your children wounded! slain!
Grief and toil their portion, while your's is all the gain.
Page 126Sunk in sensual pleasure, you leave them nought but pain.