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Extempore on Mr. Laurens

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

The following extempore appeared in the “Public Advertiser,” a short time after Mr. Laurens’ examination:—

When Laurens was taken, the Minister blest,
Thought his work was all done, and his carcase at rest;
But from Dillington fetch’d in a mighty surprise,
He shrugg’d and he rubb’d, and half opened his eyes.

When to London he came he look’d wonderful wise,
And tried for a moment to prop up those eyes;
And declared that the German look’d much like a Scot;
Yet was. not very sure if he saw him or not.

His worship, besure, to the Tower was sent:
As he came from his lordship to Dillington went;
In a few words I conclude my extempore lay,
As the man would not speak—I have nothing to say,
But—Down, Derry down.*

* Upcott, vi. 165.