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Rochelle her yielding
Pepys, i, 96, B.L., four woodcuts, four columns.
The failure of the expedition (June-October, 1627) which Charles I sent to the Island of Rhe under command of the Duke of Buckingham, and the fall of La Rochelle on October 28, 1628, aroused great interest in Protestant England, which Martin Parker's ballad faithfully reflects. Parker has no hostility towards King Louis XIII (the "Dolphin" of No. 4): he was too firm a believer in the sanctity of Royalty and Nobility to have much sympathy with rebels, even though they were Protestants and their King a Roman Catholic. In the Great Rebellion Parker, with his loyal ballads and pamphlets, gave to the Royal Cause aid that was by no means despicable. For the tune see Chappell's Popular Music, 1, 179; 11, 773.
To the tune of In the dayes of old.
i YOu that true Christians be assist me with your sorrow, While the misery
of Roche// I relate : And in loue let me
your attention borrow, He in breuity
shew you their estate. Being besieged long With an Army strong,
by land and sea inuirond close: France and Spaine combinde, To haue them all pinde,
yet brauely they did them oppose,