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An Epigram for Benedict Arnold

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

‘Twas Arnold’s post Sir Harry sought,
Arnold ne’er enter’d in his thought.
How ends the bargain? let us see,
The fort is safe as safe can be,
His favorite perforce must die,
His view’s laid bare to ev’ry eye;
His money’s gone—and lo! he gains
One scoundrel more for all his pains.
Andre was gen’rous, true, and brave,
And in his room he buys a knave.
‘Tis sure ordain’d that Arnold cheats
All those, of course, with whom he treats.
Now let the Devil suspect a bite,
Or Arnold cheats him of his right.1


1 Pennsylvania Packet, Oct. 24.