Chant no more your old rhymes about bold Robin Hood His feats I but little admire I will sing the Atchievements of General Ludd Now the Hero of Nottinghamshire Brave Ludd was to measures of violence unused Till his sufferings became so severe That at last to defend his own Interest he rous'd And for the great work did prepare
Now by force unsubdued and by threats undismay'd Death itself can't his ardour repress The presence of Armies can't make him afraid Nor impede his career of success Whilst the news of his conquests is spread far and near How his Enemies take the alarm His courage his fortitude strikes them with fear For they dread his Omnipotent Arm!
The guilty may fear but no vengeance he aims At [the] honest man's life or Estate His wrath is entirely confined to wide frames And to those that old prices abate These Engines of mischief were sentenced to die By unanimous vote of the Trade And Ludd who can all opposition defy Was the grand Executioner made
And when in the work of destruction employed He himself to no method confines By fire and by water he gets them destroyed For the Elements aid his designs Whether guarded by Soldiers along the Highway Or closely secured in the room He shivers them up both by night and by day And nothing can soften their doom
He may censure great Ludd's disrespect for the Laws Who ne'er for a moment reflects That foul Imposition alone was the cause Which produced these unhappy effects Let the haughty no longer the humble oppress Then shall Ludd sheath his conquering Sword His grievances instantly meet with redress Then peace will be quickly restored
Let the wise and the great lend their aid and advice Nor e'er their assistance withdraw Till full fashioned work at the old fashioned price Is established by Custom and Law Then the Trade when this arduous contest is o'er Shall raise in full splendour its head And colting and cutting and squaring no more Shall deprive honest workmen of bread
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