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Faults in Songs

To Peter Franklin Dear Brother, I like your ballad, and think it well adapted for your purpose of discountenancing expensive foppery, and encouraging industry and frugality. If you can get it generally sung in your country, it may probably have a good deal of the effect you hope and expect from it. But as you…

Verses on the Virginia Capitol Fire

Mr. Printer, It may entertain the curious and learned Part of your Subscribers, if you give them the following genuine Speech and Address, which, for the Importance of the Subject, Grandeur of Sentiment, and Elegance of Expression, perhaps exceed Any they have hitherto seen. For the Benefit of more common Readers, I have turn’d them,…

I Sing My Plain Country Joan

Poor RICHARD’s Description of his Country WIFE JOAN. A SONG — TUNE, The Hounds are all out 1. Of their Chloes and Phyllises Poets may prate, I will sing my plain COUNTRY JOAN; Twice twelve Years my Wife, still the Joy of my Life: Bless’d Day that I made her my own, My dear Friends.…