SIR JOHN is a dangerous man—
He was born silly towns to beguile—
Beware, oh beware, if you can,
Of the magic that lurks in his smile :
Though soft his entreaties may be,
I've heard him as tenderly sue;
He used to come courting to me,
As now he comes courting to you.
A tricolour banner he bore,
To render his principles plain ;
A tricolour ribbon he wore—
He'll probably wear it again :
With his conduct I quickly could see
His colours had little to do;
But oh ! they were lovely to me,
And oh ! they'll be lovely to you.
He taught me, the villain, to hope
Such blessings as eye never saw ;
Cheap raiment, cheap victuals, cheap soap,
Cheap knowledge, cheap churches, cheap law :
You'd have thought that he spoke for a fee,
So moving his eloquence grew ;
The arts that could fascinate me,
Ah ! will they not fascinate you ?
He promised the people his aid—
He gave it to Brougham and Grey :
A Radical here while he stayed—
A Whig when he trotted away.
He swore that the press should be free,
And straight an indictment he drew;
A sad disappointment to me—
A sad disappointment to you.
But take him—a seat must be had
For Mr Attorney, no doubt;
Do take him—Lord Althorp is sad,
While his learned adviser is out.
Since " off with the old love" is he,
It's time to be " on with the new ;"
Detected, rejected, by me—
Pray take him, I leave him to you !