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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

On General Ethan Allen

By Lemuel Hopkins (1750–1801)

[Born in Waterbury, Conn., 1750. Died at Hartford, Conn., 1801. American Poems, Selected and Original. 1793. Collected by Dr. E. H. Smith.]

LO, Allen ’scaped from British jails,

His tushes broke by biting nails,

Appears in Hyperborean skies,

To tell the world the Bible lies.

See him on green hills north afar

Glow like a self-enkindled star,

Prepar’d (with mob-collecting club

Black from the forge of Beelzebub,

And grim with metaphysic scowl,

With quill just plucked from wing of owl)

As rage or reason rise or sink,

To shed his blood, or shed his ink.

Behold inspired from Vermont dens

The seer of Antichrist descends,

To feed new mobs with hell-born manna

In Gentile lands of Susquehanna,

And teach the Pennsylvania quaker,

High blasphemies against his Maker.

Behold him move, ye stanch divines!

His tall head bustling through the pines;

All front he seems like wall of brass,

And brays tremendous as an ass;

One hand is clinch’d to batter noses,

While t’ other scrawls ’gainst Paul and Moses.