Excerpt from The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore: Complete in One Volume; Illustrated With Engravings, From Drawings by Eminent Artists
There could hardly have been devised an apter vehicle for lively political satire than this gay travesty of monarchical power, and its showy appurtenances, so temptingly supplied. The very day, indeed, after this commemora tion, there appeared, in the Dalkey state gazette, an amusing proclamation from the king, offering a large reward, in cronebms, ' to the finder or finders of his majesty's crown, which, owing to his having measured both sides of the r in his pedestrian progress on the preceding night, had unluckily fallen from the royal brow.
It is not to be wondered at, that whatever natural turn I may have possessed for the lighter skirmishing of satire should have been called into play by so pleasant a field for its exercise as the state ad'airs of the Dalltey kingdom afforded; and, accordingly, my first attempt in this line was an Ode'te his Majesty, King Stephen, contrasting the happy state of security in which he lived among his merry lieges, with the metal coach, and other such precautions against mob violence, which were said to have been adopted at that time by his royal brother of England. Some portions of this juvenile squib still live in my memory; but they fall far too short of the lively demands of the subject to be worth preserving, even as juvenilia.
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