Saturday, 26 March 2011

Levellers and Diggers


You noble Diggers all, stand up now, stand up now,
You noble Diggers all, stand up now,
The wast land to maintain, seeing Cavaliers by name
Your digging does maintain, and persons all defame
Stand up now, stand up now. 

Your houses they pull down, stand up now, stand up now, 
Your houses they pull down, stand up now. 
Your houses they pull down to fright your men in town 
But the gentry must come down, and the poor shall wear the crown. 
Stand up now, Diggers all. 

With spades and hoes and plowes, stand up now, stand up now 
With spades and hoes and plowes stand up now, 
Your freedom to uphold, seeing Cavaliers are bold 
To kill you if they could, and rights from you to hold. 
Stand up now, Diggers all. 

Theire self-will is theire law, stand up now, stand up now, 
Theire self-will is theire law, stand up now. 
Since tyranny came in they count it now no sin 
To make a gaol a gin, to starve poor men therein. 
Stand up now, Diggers all. 

The gentrye are all round, stand up now, stand up now, 
The gentrye are all round, stand up now. 
The gentrye are all round, on each side they are found, 
Theire wisdom's so profound, to cheat us of our ground 
Stand up now, stand up now. 

The lawyers they conjoyne, stand up now, stand up now, 
The lawyers they conjoyne, stand up now, 
To arrest you they advise, such fury they devise, 
The devill in them lies, and hath blinded both their eyes.
Stand up now, stand up now.

The club is all their law, stand up now, stand up now, 
The club is all their law, stand up now. 
The club is all their law to keep men in awe, 
But they no vision saw to maintain such a law. 
Stand up now, Diggers all. 

To conquer them by love, come in now, come in now
To conquer them by love, come in now; 
To conquer them by love, as itt does you behove, 
For hee is King above, noe power is like to love, 
Glory heere, Diggers all.

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