Canning’s “most serious, vehement and effective onslaught in verse” on the values of the French Revolution was set out in a long poem, ‘New Morality’, published in the last issue of the Anti-Jacobin (No. 36, 9 July 1798). Canning considered these values as “French philanthropy” which professed a love of all mankind whilst eradicating every patriotic impulse. He described those in Britain who held these values as a “pedant prig” who “disowns a Briton’s part, And plucks the name of England from his heart”:
No – through th’extended globe his feelings run
As broad and general as th’unbounded sun!
No narrow bigot he; – his reason’d view
Thy interests, England, ranks with thine, Peru!
France at our doors, he sees no danger nigh,
But heaves for Turkey’s woes the impartial sigh;
A steady patriot of the world alone,
The friend of every country – but his own.