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Hand-Loom Weaver’s Lament

Harry Boardman
Language: English



You gentlemen and tradesmen that ride about at will,
Look down on these poor people. It's enough to make you crill.
Look down on these poor people, as you ride up and down
I think there is a God above will bring your pride quite down.

You tyrants of England! Your race may soon be run.
You may be brought unto account for what you've sorely done.

You pull down our wages, shamefully to tell.
You go into the markets and say you cannot sell.
And when that we do ask you when these bad times will mend,
You quickly give an answer, "When the wars are at an end."

You tyrants of England! Your race may soon be run.
You may be brought unto account for what you've sorely done.

When we look on our poor children, it grieves our hearts full sore.
Their clothing it is worn to rags, while we can get no more.
With little in their bellies, they to work must go,
Whilst yours do dress as manky as monkeys in a show.

You tyrants of England! Your race may soon be run.
You may be brought unto account for what you've sorely done.

You go to church on Sundays. I'm sure it's naught but pride.
There can be no religion where humanity's thrown aside.
If there be a place in heaven, as there is in the Exchange,
Our poor souls must not come near there. Like lost sheep they must range.

You tyrants of England! Your race may soon be run.
You may be brought unto account for what you've sorely done.

With the choicest of strong dainties, your table's overspread
With good ale and strong brandy, to make your faces red.
You call'd a set of visitors--It is your whole delight--
And you lay your heads together to make our faces white.

You tyrants of England! Your race may soon be run.
You may be brought unto account for what you've sorely done.

You say that Bonyparty he's been the spoil of all,
And that we have got reason to pray for his downfall.
Well, Bonyparty's dead and gone, and it is plainly shown
That we have bigger tyrants in Boneys of our own.

You tyrants of England! Your race may soon be run.
You may be brought unto account for what you've sorely done.

And now, my lads, for to conclude, it's time to make an end,
Let's see if we can form a plan that these bad times may mend.
Then give us our old prices, as we have had before,
And we can live in happiness and rub off the old score.

You tyrants of England! Your race may soon be run.
You may be brought unto account for what you've sorely done.


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