Hannah Griffiths

 

The following poem was written by Hannah Griffiths in 1768. It was addressed to the Daughters of Liberty in America

The Female Patriots

Since the Men from a Party, on fear of a Frown, 
Are kept by a Sugar-Plumb, quietly down. 
Supinely asleep, & depriv’d of their Sight 
Are strip’d of their Freedom, and rob’d of their Right. 
If the Sons (so degenerate) the Blessing despise, 
Let the Daughters of Liberty, nobly arise, 
And tho’ we’ve no Voice, but a negative here. 
The use of the Taxables, let us forebear, 
(Then Merchants import till yr. Stores are all full 
May the Buyers be few & yr. Traffick be dull.) 
Stand firmly resolved & bid Grenville to see 
That rather than Freedom, we’ll part with our Tea 
And well as we love the dear Draught when a dry, 
As American Patriots,–our Taste we deny, 
Sylvania’s, gay Meadows, can richly afford, 
To pamper our Fancy, or furnish our Board, 
And Paper sufficient (at home) still we have, 
To assure the Wise-acre, we will not sign Slave. 
When this Homespun shall fail, to remonstrate our Grief 
We can speak with the Tongue or scratch on a Leaf. 
        Refuse all their Colours, the richest of Dye, 
The juice of a Berry–our Paint can supply, 
To humour our Fancy–& as for our Houses, 
They’ll do without painting as well as our Spouses, 
While to keep out the Cold of a keen winter Morn 
We can screen the Northwest, with a well polish’d Horn, 
And trust me a Woman by honest Invention 
Might give this State Doctor a Dose of Prevention. 
Join mutual in this, & but small as it seems 
We may Jostle a Grenville & puzzle his Schemes
But a motive more worthy our patriot Pen, 
Thus acting–we point out their Duty to Men, 
And should the bound Pensioners, tell us to hush 
We can throw back the Satire by biding them blush.