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DESCENT ON MIDDLESEX.
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Lloyd's that night." 1 The writer of this ballad, schoolmaster St. John, of Norwalk, was one of the persons taken by this party. He composed it a short time after he returned to his home from th« Provost at New York.
DESCENT ON MIDDLESEX.
July the tweiity-second day, The precise hour I will not say, In seventeen hundred and eighty-one, A horrid action was begun.
While to the Lord they sing and pray, The Tories who in ambush lay; Beset the house with brazen face, At Middlesex, it was the place.
A guard was plac'd the house before, Likewise behind and at each door; Then void of shame, those men of sin, The sacred temple enter'd in.
The reverend Mather 2 closed his book, How did the congregation look ! Those demons plunder'd all they could, Either in silver or in gold.






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