The Triumph Of General Ludd

Album: English Rebel Songs (1850)
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  • 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 Lyrics from a song in Public Domain


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