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a tremendous sound, the Pigs begin scrambling for the leaves, and are tripped up by the skulls; all those who eat the loaves are turned into Bulls, and arrange themselves quietly behind the Altar. The image of FAMINE sinks through a chasm in the earth, and a MINOTAUR rises.

Mino. I am the Ionian Minotaur, the mightiest

Of all Europa's taurine progeny

I am the old traditional man-bull;

And from my ancestors having been Ionian,

I am called Ion, which by interpretation

Is JOHN; in plain_Theban, that is to say-

My name's JOHN BULL. I am a famous hunter,
And can leap any gate in all Boeotia,
Even the palings of the royal park,

Or double ditch about the new enclosures;
And, if your Majesty will deign to mount me,
At least till you have hunted down your game,
I will not throw you.

IONA TAURINA.

[During this speech she has been putting on boots and spurs, and a hunting-cap, buckishly cocked on one side, and, tucking up her hair, she leaps nimbly on his back.

Hoa hoa! tallyho! tallyho! ho! ho!

Come, let us hunt these ugly badgers down,

These stinking foxes, these devouring otters,

These hares, these wolves, these anything but men.
Hey for a whipper-in! my loyal pigs,

Now let your noses be as keen as beagles,

Your steps as swift as greyhounds, and your cries
More dulcet and symphonious than the bells

Of village-towers, on sunshine-holiday;

Wake all the dewy woods with jangling music.
Give them no law (are they not beasts of blood?)
But such as they gave you. Tallyho! ho!

Through forest, furze, and bog, and den, and desert,
Pursue the ugly beasts! tallyho! ho!

FULL CHORUS OF IONA AND THE SWINE.

Tallyho! tallyho!

Through rain, hail, and snow,

Through brake, gorse, and biar,

Through fen, flood, and mire,

We go! we go!

Tallyho! tallyho!

Through pond, ditch, and slough,
Wind them, and find them,
Like the Devil behind them,
Tallyho! tallyho!

[Exeunt in full cry; IONA driving on the SWINE, with the
empty GREEN BAG.

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Written on hearing of the bloodshed at Manchester in 1819, and published by Leigh Hunt in 1832.

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