Down vs. across

This turn-of-the-eighteenth-century poem reads one way down, another way across. The "down" version was politically orthodox back in the reign of George I, whereas the "across" version represented treasonous Jacobite sympathies.

I love with all my heart The Tory party here
The Hanoverian part Most hateful doth appear
And for their settlement I ever have denied
My conscience gives consent To be on James's side
Most glorious is the cause To be with such a king
To fight for George's laws Will Britain's ruin bring
This is my mind and heart In this opinion I
Though none should take my part    Resolve to live and die


Len Bullard said...

This stuff might look familiar.



They built it and are selling it. They are patenting it too.

The work ended up exactly where predicted. Sad but so.

Using the blog comment because I don't have your email addy here at work.

Anonymous said...

Cute. Where's it from?

John Cowan said...

I have no idea, Conrad.

Unknown said...

Hi John - this was the only way I could see to contact you! I saw a comment you made recently about Principles of English Etymology, the full view copy of which seems to have disappeared from Google Books.

I was hoping you still have a copy!

Thanks in advance,

John Cowan said...

Joseph: sorry for the long delay. Google Books doesn't like scanned books with fingers in them, and that's probably why they took it down, even if (as in this case) the fingers don't interfere with reading.

I suppose it will be rescanned and put back up eventually, but I have no inside knowledge. Unfortunately, I no longer have a downloaded copy, either.