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THE COMMONWEALTH.                                                449
Freely let's be then honest men, and kick at Fate,
For we shall live to see our loyalty be valued at high rate ;
He that bears a sword, or says a word against the throne—
That doth profanely prate against the state, no loyalty can own.
What though plumbers, painters, players, now be prosperous men,
Let us but mind our own affairs, and they'll come round again.
Treach'ry may in face look bright, and lech'ry clothe in fur;
A traitor may ba made a knight, 'tis fortune de la guerre.
But what is that to us, boys, that are right honest men 1
We'll conquer and come again, beat up the drum again,—
Hey for Cavaliers, ho for Cavaliers, drink for Cavaliers, fight for Cavaliers,
Dub-a-dub, dub-a-dub, have at old Beelzebub, Oliver quakes for fear.
Fifth Monarchy must down, boys, and every sect in town;
We'll rally and to't again, give 'em the rout again;             [our own again:
Fly, like light about, face to the right about, charge 'em home again, seize
Tantara, rara, and this is the life of an honest, bold Cavalier!
This does not appear in The Dancing Master before the eleventh edition (1701) ; but it is included in all later editions. The song, " When once Master Love gets into your head," was sung to it.
It is scarcely necessary to say that " Old Noll" was the nickname given to Oliver Cromwell by the Cavaliers; just as "Tumble-down Dick" was that of his son Richard, and " Rowley," or " Old Rowley," that of Charles II.
Some wag named this jig after the Protector, for, although Cromwell delighted in music, both vocal and instrumental, and skill in the art was a sure passport to

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