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The Bull-Dogs
“R. H. B.”
The European Magazine, IL (May 1806), p. 375


Two Bull dogs once of British blood,
    As ancient authors show,
Within the ring expectant stood,
    Prepar'd to meet their foe.


No Bull appearing yet in view,
    Each turn'd upon his brother;
And having nothing else to do,
    E'en growl'd at one another.


But when confest before their fight
    Their ancient foe drew nigh,
Uniting quick they flew to fight
    The common enemy.

This Fable has a moral, and no doubt
Each true-born Englishman can find it out.

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