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438,                                 ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
Though for a time we see Whitehall •With cobwebs hanging on the wall, Instead of silk and silver brave, Which formerly it us'd to have, With rich perfume in every room, Delightful to that princely train,         [shall be
Which again you shall see, when the time it That the King, &c.
Full forty years the royal crown
Hath been his father's and his own ;b
And is there any one but he
That in the same should sharer be ?
For who better may the sceptre sway
Than he that hath such right to reign ?
Then let's hope for a peace, for the wars will
Till the King, &c.                              [not cease
[Did Walker0 no predictions lack
In Hammond's bloody almanack?
Foretelling things that would ensue,
That all proves right, if lies be true;
But why should not he the pillory foresee,
Wherein poor Toby once was ta'en 2
And also foreknow to the gallows he must go,
When the King, &c.d]
Till then upon Ararat's hill My Hope shall cast her anchor still, Until I see some peaceful dove Bring home the branch I dearly love; Then will I wait till the waters abate, Which now disturb my troubled brain, Else never rejoice till I hear the voice, That the King enjoys his own again.
The following stanzas are not contained in The Loyal Q-arland, from which Ritson reprinted the song :—
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Oxford and Cambridge shall agree With honour crown'd, and dignity ; For learned men shall then take place, And bad be silenc'd with disgrace : They'll know it to be but a casualty That hath so long disturb'd their brain ;
And then all our trade shall flourishing be To which ere long we shall attain; [made, For still I can tell all things will be well, When the King comes home in peace again.
Maidens shall enjoy their mates, And honest men their lost estates ;
For I can wrelj teH that.M_^n_SB wiU 5_0/"e11 Women shall have what they do lack,
When the King comes home in peace again
Their husbands, who are coming back.
Church Government shall settled be, And then I hope we shall agree Without their help, whose high-brain'd zeal Hath long disturb'd the common weal; Greed out of date, and cobblers that do prate Of wars that still disturb their brain ;          [be
The which you shall see, when the time it shall That the King comes home in peace again.
Tho' many now are much in debt,
And many shops are to be let,
A golden time is drawing near,
Men shops shall take to hold their ware ;
When the wars have an end, then I and my All subjects' freedom shall obtain; [friend By which I can tell all things will be well, When we enjoy sweet peace again.
Though people now walk in great fear Along the country everywhere, Thieves shall then tremble at the law, And justice shall keep them in awe : The Frenchies shall flee with their treacherie, And the foes of the King asham'd remain: [be The which you shall see, when the time it shall That the King comes home in peace again.
Plays, vol. xi., p. 469.. Booker Is mentioned by Killegrew, in The Parson's Wedding, act i., sc. 2; by Pepys, in his Diary, Feb. 3, 16G6-7; by Cleveland, in his Dialogue be­tween two Zealots; and by Butler, in Hudibra*. One of his almanacks for 1661 was sold in Skegg*s sale. Pond's almanackis mentioned in Middleton's play, No wit, no help like a woman's; and the Rev. A-Dyce, in a note upon the passage, quotes the title of one by Pond, for the year 1607. An almanack for the year 1636, " by William Dade, gent., London, printed by M. Dawson, for the Company of Stationers," was once in my possession. According to the pamphlet which Ritson quotes, Dade was "a good innocent fiddle-string maker, who, being told by a neigh­bouring teacher that their music was in the stars, set him­self at work to find out their habitations, that he might he
instrument-maker to them; and having, with much ado, got knowledge of their place of abode, was judged by the Roundheads fit for their purpose, and had a pension as­signed him to make the stars speak their meaning, and justify the villanies they were putting in practice." Hammond's almanack was called "bloody," because he always put down in a chronological table when such and such a Royalist was executed, by way of reproach to them.
b This fixes the date of the song to the year 1643. The number was changed from time to time, as it suited the circumstances of the party.
' Walker was a colonel in the army of the Parliament, and afterwards a member of the Committee of Safety.
* This stanza is not in the ballad copies.







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