Songs & Ballads Of the American Revolution

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About the middle of December, 1774, deputies appointed by the freemen of the province of Maryland, met at Annapolis, unanimous­ly resolved to resist the auth rity of Parliament, taxing the colonies, if attempted to be enforced, and to support the acts and designs of the Continental Congress at all hazards. They al>o recommended that every man should provide himself " a good firelock, with bay­onet attached, powder and ball, and be in readiness to act in any emergency." These resolutions were productive of many ludicrous and bombastic ballads. From among these, the one following, adapted to the air " Abbot of Canterbury, or Wilkes' Wriggle," is selected.1
On Calvert's plains new faction reigns,
Great Britain we defy, sir, True liberty lies gagg'd in chains,
Though freedom is the cry, sir.

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