A poem by Dryden (1682).
The earl of Shaftesbury was acquitted of charges of high treason in 1681, and a medal was struck to commemorate the event. Dryden's response includes savage attacks on Shaftesbury himself, the City, and the Commons. It predicts with some accuracy the constitutional instability which was to beset the country in the ensuing 30 years.
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John Dryden (1631—1700) poet, playwright, and critic