The Bullet te Deum; with the Canticle of the Stone
The Bullet te Deum; with the Canticle of the Stone was one of the brief parodies Hone wrote and published in early 1817. The occasion for the work was an incident on 29 January 1817 when the Prince Regent's carriage, returning from the Prince's address to parliament, was struck by a stone thrown by someone in an angry crowd. Hone borrows the form of religious language in order to elevate the incident to a national crisis--parodically imitating the over-reaction of those members of government who took a particularly repressive line against the advocates of Reform. The Bullet, for some reason, was not included among the parodies for which Hone was prosecuted later in 1817. It consists of two very brief parodies published together as a single eight-page pamphlet. The present electronic edition offers a facsimile of the title page followed by a reading text of both parodies.
Title Page transcription:
THE | BULLET | TE DEUM; | WITH THE | CANTICLE | OF| THE STONE. | Imprimatur. | F. RABELAIS. | LONDON: | Printed for one of the Candidates for the Office of Printer to the KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY, and sold by WILLIAM HONE, 55, Fleet Street, and 67, Old Bailey, three doors from Ludgate Hill. 1817. Price Two-pence.
"The Bullet te Deum"
TE DEUM, &c.
¶ There shall be read distinctly, with an audible voice, the Leading Article of the Courier, (except there be other LESSONS appointed by the Treasury for that Day:) he that readeth, so standing and turning himself, as he may best be heard of all such as are present. And after that, shall be said or sung, in English, daily throughout the week, as followeth:--
Te Deum Laudamus.
We praise thee O Stone: we acknowledge thee to be a Bullet.
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To thee all Placemen cry aloud: the Treasury, and all the Clerks therein.
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Keep them in place: and they will call thee Bullet for ever.
[Here endeth the Bullet Te Deum.]
Which may, or may not, be sung or said immediately
Benedicte omnia, &c.
O ALL ye workers of Corruption, bless ye the Stone: praise it, and magnify
it as a Bullet for ever.
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O thou Vice Admiral, Lord Warden of the Stannaries and Steward of the
Duchy: magnify it for ever.
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O thou Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, the Sucking-mother of the Treasury:
magnify it for ever.
[Here endeth the Canticle.]
[End paper advertisements:]
JUST PUBLISHED, BY W. HONE,
Uniform with the BULLET TE DEUM, and CANTICLE,
The POLITICAL LITANY--Price Two-pence.
The SINECURIST'S CREED--Price Two-pence.
The POLITICAL CATECHISM--Price Two-pence.
The late JOHN WILKES'S CATECHISM of a Ministerial Member--Price Two-pence.