On the Burning of Lord Mansfield's Library
On the Burning of Lord Mansfield's Library, Together with his MSS. by the Mob, in the Month of June 1780. So then - the Vandals of our isle, Sworn foes to sense and law, Have burnt to dust a nobler pile Than ever Roman saw! And Murray sighs o'er Pope and Swift, And many a treasure more, The well-judged purchase and the gift That graced his lettered store. Their pages mangled, burnt, and torn, The loss was his alone; But ages yet to come shall mourn The burning of his own.
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