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THE COMMONWEALTH.                                           413
"When the young lads to you did come But now the subtle whirly-wind,
You knew their meaning by the drum, Debauch, hath left the bird behind,
You had better yielded then ;»                  You two must flock together.
Your head and body then might have         « ,. , , , , , . , ,
_ ■ , ,         , . , ,                        A bisbop s head, a deputy s breast,
One death, one burial, and one prrave          A -n- u *.              -*ir r ,
_, ' , , ,         °               A finchs tongue, a Wren from s nest,
By hoys,—but two by men.                      -,„.„ . ,, , ., , .
; J         .                 J                              V\ ill set the devil on foot;
Bat yon that by your judgments clear,      He's like to have a dainty dish,
Will make five quarters in a year,             At once both flesh, and fowl, and fish,
And hang them on the gates ;                   And Duck and Lamb to boot.
That head shall stand upon the bridge,       Bnt tMa j aay . ^         w m
When yours shall under traitpr's trudge,    Did fiu both Church and ^ ^
And smile on your miss'd fates.                 A „a *___^i„ „ 4.1
J                                        And trample on the crown ;
The little Wren that soar'd so high,          Like a bless'd martyr you will die
Thought on his wings away to fly,'           For Church's good ; she rises high
Like Finch, I know not whither;            When such as you fall down.
Another of the ballads against Laud is named " The Organ's Echo, to the tune of The Cathedral Service." A third, *' The Bishop's last Good-night:— " Where Popery and innovation do begin, There treason will by degrees come in." Laud was beheaded in 1644; and in the same year, Sir Edward Dering brought a bill unto the House of Commons for the abolition of Episcopacy. In his " Declaration and Petition to the House of Commons," printed in that year, he asserted, in the true spirit of his party, that " one single groan in the spirit is worth the diapason of all the Church music in the world."
" Two ordinances of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament for the speedy demolishing of all Organs, images, and all matters of superstitious monu­ments in all Cathedral and Collegiate or Parish-Churches and Chapels throughout the kingdom," were published on the 9th of May, 1644, but their demolition had been nearly accomplished two years before; for, as said by a writer of the time,— No organ-idols with pure ears agree, Nor anthems—why ? nay ask of them, not me; There's new Church music found instead of those, The women's sighs tuned to the Preacher's nose." Tlte account of their destruction will be found in " Mercurius Rusticus; or the Country's Complaint of the barbarous outrages committed by the Sectaries of this flourishing kingdom;" in Culmer's " Cathedral News from Canterbury;" &c. At Rochester, Sir John Seaton, " that false traiterous Scot," coming towards the church and hearing the organs, started back, and '.' in the usual blessing of some of his country, cried A Devil on those Bagpipes." At Chichester, in 1642, the rebels, under the command of Sir William Waller, "brake down the organs, and dashing the pipes with their pole axes, scofEngly said, Bark ! how the organs go;" and Sir Arthur Haslerig, being told where the church plate was concealed, commanded his servants to break down the wainscot round the room, and while
• Five thousand London apprentices went to Lambeth effect their purpose. One was secured, a tailor, who was to lake him, but Laud was prepared, and they could not hung for the attempt.

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