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Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware. Microform supplement
([1978])

Rodney, Thomas, 1744-1811
Thomas Rodney to John Parke, Poplar Grove, 22 November 1787,   pp. 177-185


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To him alone we then did raise
The voic of Universal praise
For all the mighty wonders done
By Franklin Gates and Washington
And these then thought it no offence
To give the praise to Providence
And shall we now with one accord
Reject this good alruling Lord
And Spurn that noble Constitution
Which Bore us thro' the Revolution
And in its place degrade the States
To set up Washington or Gates
While all their Peers, must Sink to slaves
Or be Obscur'd in cruil graves.
Permit me now to ask the wise,
Can such a thought from Whigs arise?
Or does the foe, by force o'ercome,
Attempt by Surer fraud, our doom?
Does not their friends among us lurk
To Carry on the fatal work
Like the fell Snake of Paradise
By Tempting us, to be more wdse,


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