Adams Papers

To John Adams from Thomas Brand Hollis, 6 June 1789

[ca. 6 June 1789]

Redeunt Saturnia Regna

Sir Joseph Banks inscription. Viz Ec. IV.

Where slept thy loyalty great Naturalist

Or had thy words more meaning than thou wist?

"Redeunt Saturnia Regna" Reign of lead!

Thou speakest feelingly,—God help thy head!

Wrote by an American

See the vengeance of heaven, America cries,

George loses his reason, North loses his Eyes.

But when first they provok’d us all Europe could find

That the monarch was mad & the minister blind

In Saturn’s days as Poets feign

The Golden Age was sent

But science droops in Georges days

To see poor Joe her President

MHi: Adams Papers.

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