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79. Don't meddle with the Yankees, John Bull.

by James S. Watkins.
Written while the fever ran high on recognition by England and France, during the first year of the unnatural war, and inscribed to the English secessionists of to-day.

Don't meddle with the Yankees, John Bull,
     They'll “teach you a thing, now, or two;”
Don't meddle with the Yankees, John Bull,
     Don't meddle, whatever you do!
They are ten times as strong, Johnny Bull,
     And a hundred more daring to kill,
Than, when in their weakness, John Bull,
     Your “hirelings” besieged Bunker Hill.

Don't meddle with the Yankees, John Bull,
     They've Freedom and Liberty's might;
Don't meddle with the Yankees, John Bull,
     Or else you may force them to fight.
And then, when in their strength, John Bull,
     They cross the St. Lawrence, “mi boy,”
Look out to be served, Johnny Bull,
     As you treated the captured Sepoy.

The Yankees don't boast, Johnny Bull,
     They but speak out their mind as it is;
Then I pray you don't meddle, John Bull,
     For “the Yankees are awful when riz!”
They had hoped to be friendly, John Bull,
     At least to have lived that profession;
But if meddled with, mark it, John Bull,
     They'll serve you, as of old, with the “Hessian.”

We've “a ‘ost hov your ’ eroes,” John Bull,
     Growing fat from the wealth of our land,
Who profess to be loyal, John Bull,
     When, in fact, they're a treacherous band:
They despise our Republic, John Bull,
     And curse the whole “Yankeedom race;”
But we hold, with your subjects, John Bull,
     To quarrel, were a double disgrace.

Therefore, don't you meddle, John Bull,
     Don't meddle with the Yankees, I pray;
Or else “they may lam you,” John Bull,
     And that, at no far distant day.
They're “a nation all mighty,” John Bull,
     Teaching right to the whimsical South:
Therefore, I would pray you, John Bull,
     Put a stop to your meddling mouth.

Baltimore, Md., 1862.

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