Hot, dry winds forever blowing,
Dead men to the grave-yards going:
Oh! what plagues—there is no knowing!
Priests retreating from their pulpits!—
Some in caves, and some in cole-pits
’Till the town is rid of culprits.
Doctors raving and disputing,
Death's pale army still recruiting—
What a pother
One with t'other!
Some a-writing, some a-shooting.
Nature's poisons here collected,
Water, earth, and air infected—
O, what pity,
Such a City,
Was in such a place erected!
This poem is in the public domain.
This poem refers to a plague of yellow fever that struck Philadelphia in August 1793.