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52                                OASTLE ISLAND SONG.
If you will not agree to Old England's laws, I fear that King Hancock will soon get the yaws: But he need not fear, for I swear we will, For the want of a doctor give him a hard pill.
A brave reinforcement, we soon think to get; Then we will make you poor pumpkins to sweat: Oar drums they'll rattle, and then you will run To the devil himself, from the sight of a gun.
Our fleet and our army, they soon will arrive, Then to a bleak island, you shall not us drive. In every house, you shall have three or four, And if that will not please you, you shall have half a score. Derry down, down, hey derry clown.
1 Massacre of the fifth of March. Two regiments of British troops under command of Colonels Dalrymple and Carr, arrived at Boston in the month of September, 1768. The people of Boston desired that they shoiild be stationed at the Castle, but "they landed with all the appearance of hostility! They marched through the town with all the ensigns of triumph, evidently designed to subject the inhabitants to the severe discipline of a garrison, and continued their enormities by abusing the people." On the second day of March, 1770, a quarrel arose between two soldiers of the 29th regiment, and the workmen at a ropewalk not far distant from the barracks. The soldiers being repulsed, soon made another attack, having in-

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