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• THE COMMONWEALTH.                                                 429
We'll break the windows which the whore
Of Babylon halh painted, And when the Popish Saints are down,
Then Barrow shall be sainted; There's neither cross nor crucifix
Shall stand for men to see, Home's trash and trumpery shall go down, And hey, then up go we.
Whate'er the Popish hands have built,
Our hammers shall undo, We'll break their pipes, and burn their copes,
And pull down churches too; We'll exercise within the groves,
And teach beneath a tree, We'll make a pulpit of a cask, And hey, then up go we.
We'll put down Universities,
Where learning is profest, Because they practise and maintain
The language of the beast; We'll drive the doctors out of doors,
And all that learned be; We'll cry all arts and learning down, And hey, then up go we.
We'll down with deans, and prebends, too,
And I rejoice to tell ye We then shall get our fill of pig,
And capons for the belly ; We'll burn the Fathers' weighty tomes,
And make the school-men flee; We'll down with all that smelb of wit, And hey, then up go we.
The two last stanzas are not contained
If once the antichristian crew
Be crush'd and overthrown, We'll teach the nobles how to stoop,
And keep the gentry down : Good manners have an ill report,
And turn to pride, we see, We'll therefore put good manners down, And hey, then up go we.
The name of lords shall be abhorr'd,
For every man's a brother, No reason why in church and state
One man should rule another ; But when the change of government
Shall set our fingers free, We'll make these wanton sisters stoop, And hey, then up go we.
What though the King and Parliament
Do not accord together, We have more cause to be content,
This is our sunshine weather; For if that reason should take place,
And they should once agree, Who would be in a Roundhead's case, For hey, then up go we.
What should we do, then, in this case,
Let's put it to a venture, If that we hold out seven years' space,
We'll sue out our indenture. A time may come to make us rue,
And time may set us free, Except the gallows claim his due, And hey, then up go we.
in Quarles' copy.
A copy of this song, which may be termed the " God save the King" of Charles I., of Charles II., and James II., is to be found, both words and music, in Additional MSS., No. 11,608, p. 54, British Museum. The tune is in Musick's Recreation on the Viol, Lyra-way, 1661; and in MusicFs Delight on the Githren, 166i3. The words in Loyal Songs, i. 102, 1731.
The copy among the Additional Manuscripts is in three parts (treble, tenor, and bass), but without a composer's name. The title, Vive le Roy, is derived fron. the burden of each stanza.
It is frequently alluded to, as in the song entitled " A la Mode: The Cities profound policie in delivering themselves, their cittie, their works, and ammu­nition, unto the protection of the Armie" (August 27,1647), King's Pamphlets, vol. v., folio; and Wright's Political Ballads, p. 64—
" And now the Royalists will sing           The CommonB will embrace their King
Aloud Vive le Roy;                            With an unwonted joy."

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