THE DEVIL'S THOUGHTS
FROM his brimstone bed at break of day
A walking the devil is gone,
To visit his snug little farm the earth,
And see how his stock goes on.
Over the hill and over the dale,
And he went over the plain,
And backward and forward he switched his long tail
As a gentleman switches his cane.
And how then was the devil drest?
Oh! he was in his Sunday's best:
His jacket was red and his breeches were blue,
And there was a hole where the tail came through.
He saw a lawyer killing a viper
On a dung hill hard by his own stable;
And the devil smiled, for it put him in mind
Of Cain and his brother Abel.
He saw an apothecary on a white horse
Ride by on his vocations;
And the devil thought of his old friend
Death in the Revelations.
He saw a cottage with a double coach-house,
A cottage of gentility;
And the devil did grin, for his darling sin
Is pride that apes humility.
He peep'd into a rich booksller's shop,
Quoth he! "We are both of one college!
For I sate myself, like a cormorant, once
Hard by the tree of knowledge." 
Down the river did glide with wind and with tide,
A pig with vast celerity;
And the devil looked wise as he saw how the while,
It cut its own throat. "There!" quoth he with a smile,
"Goes England's commercial prosperity."
As he went through Cold-Bath Fields he saw
A solitary cell;
And the devil was pleased, for it gave him a hint
For improving his prisons in hell.
He saw a turnkey in a trice
Unfetter a troublesome blade;
"Nimbly " quoth he, "do the fingers move
If a man be but used to his trade."
He saw the same turnkey unfetter a man
With but little expedition,
Which put him mind of the long debate
On the slave-trade abolition.
He saw an old acquaintance
As he pass'd by a Methodist meeting; - -
She holds a consecrated key,
And the devil nods her a greeting.
She turned up her nose, and said,
"Avaunt! my name's Religion,"
And she looked to Mr. ____
And leered like a love-sick pigeon.
He saw a certain minister
(A minister to his mind)
Go up into a certain house,
With a majority behind.
The devil quoted Genesis,
Like a very learned clerk,
How "Noah and his creeping things
Went up into the ark."
He took from the poor,
And he gave to the rich,
And he shook hands with a Scotchman,
For he was not afraid of the ____
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General ___ burning face
He saw with consternation,
And back to hell his way did he take,
For the Devil thought by a slight mistake
It was general conflagration.