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Alison Morgan

heraldry, the lion symbolises bravery and strength, hence the description of the yeoman as a ‘counterfeit lion’. 42 Medusa, 1:34 (1819), pp. 271–2. 43 This epigraph varies from the original lines in Cato by Joseph Addison: ‘True fortitude is seen in great exploits, / That justice warrants, and that wisdom guides.’ First performed in 1713, Addison’s play tells the story of the eponymous Cato, a Stoic and opponent of Julius Caesar. The play is regarded as an attack on government tyranny, and as a championing of individual liberty, as shown in the Preface to Cato written

in Ballads and songs of Peterloo