Moderate Men and Moderate Measures

Praise to placeless proud ability,
 Let the prudent muse disclaim;
And sing the Statesman--all civility--
 Whom moderate talents raise to fame.
He, no random projects urging,
 Make us wild alarms to feel;
With moderate measures, gently purging
 Ills that prey on Britain's weal.

CHORUS.
  Gently purging,
  Gently purging,
 Gently purging Britain's weal.[1]

Addington, with measured motion,
 Keep the tenor of thy way;
To glory yield no rash devotion,
 Led by luring lights astray;
Splendid talents are deceiving;
Tend to councils much too bold;
Moderate men we prize, believing,
 All that glitters is not gold.

GRAND CHORUS.
  All that Glisters,
  All that Glisters,
 All that Glisters is not gold![2]

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George Canning, FRS, was a British statesman and politician who served as Foreign Secretary and was briefly Prime Minister. more…

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