[Broadside against Napoleon] No. 2Loyal Songs. / The Briton's Song [&] Song of the Highland Armed Association.
Letterpress, with 1803 watermark; sheet 385 x 270mm (15¼ x 10½").
Broadside published at the time when fears of an invasion of the British Isles by Napoleon were at their height, consisting of two songs adapted to popular tunes, proclaiming British readiness for any invasion. 'The Briton's Song' contrasts Revolutionary France with British rule: 'Our Forefathers bled on the Scaffold and Plain/ T'establish a Government wise, just and pure;/ We'll defend it till Death, and reject with disdain/ One that scarce for a Day or an Hour can endure./ Shall your fam'd Guillotine. In Old England be seen?/ No!- we mean to live happy, while frantic you sing/ Your fam'd 'Ca Ira',/ And Hymn 'Marsellois',/ For the true Briton's Song shall be "God save the King." The 'Song of the Highland Armed Association' is specifically Scottish in its theme and references. A note at the bottom of the sheet suggests 'Noblemen, Magistrates, and Gentlemen, would do well by ordering a few Dozen of the above Tracts of their different Booksellers, and causing them to be stuck up in the respective Villages where they reside, that the Inhabitants may be convinced of the Cruelty of the Corsican Usurper.' The publisher James Asperne (1757-1820) was best-known for publishing the popular 'European Magazine'.
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