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Dedicated to Knavish Speculators who have robbed the State.

Some folks may boast their rank and birth,
     Descent and lofty station;
May claim they're made of better earth,
     And hope to rule the nation;
While others brag upon their wealth,
     And worship only Mammon;
Let honest men assert again
     Such doctrines are but “Gammon.”

The world is flush of rogues and knaves,
     Who sham the patriotic,
And hope to keep the people slaves,
     By scheme and plan Quixotic;
While some are boasting what they'll do
     In “fuss and feathers” dressy,
Let honest men prepare again,
     To give the traitors “Jessie.”

From top to toe, from head to foot,
     Our politics are rotten;
And those we pay are bribed to boot,
     While justice is forgotten!
For every one that gets a chance
     To serve the State, is stealing,
And honest men must pay again
     For scoundrels' double-dealing.

In court and camp it's all the same,
     From Judge to Quartermaster;
The devil takes the one that's lame,--
     He should have robbed the faster!
For pork or progress, blankets, brief,
     The roguery's defended,
And honest men are told again,
     The system can't be mended.

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