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THE COMMONWEALTH.
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on the side of the Parliament, and being a man of courage and resolution, soon rose to be a colonel in their army. He was knighted by Cromwell, and after­wards made one of his Lords. He quitted England immediately before the Restoration, and died at Amsterdam in 1662.
There are numerous allusions to his former trade, and to his one eye, in the Ca\alier songs. For instance, in " A Quarrel betwixt Tower Hill and Tyburne" (to be found in Merry Drollery Complete; Loyal Songs; &c.)— " There is single-eyed Hewson, the Cobbler of Fate, Translated into buff and feather; But bootless are all his seams of state,
When the soul is ript from the upper leather." Two complete songs about him are in the Bagford Collection (643, m. 9, Brit. Mu3.) ; and in Loyal Songs, vol. ii.
The first, "A Hymn to the Gentle Craft; or, Hewson's Lamentation. To the tune of The Blind Beggar;" but the name of the tune is intended as a joke upon his one eye; the words are not in a metre that could be sung to it. " Listen awhile to what I shall say Of a blind cobbler that's gone astray, Out of the Parliament's highway: Good people, pity the blind," &e. The second is "The Cobbler's Last Will and Testament; Or, the Lord Hewson's Translation:— " To Christians all I greeting send,
That they may learn their souk to.mend, By viewing of my cobbler's end" &c. The Rev. Mark Noble, in his Memoirs of the Protectorate Bouse of OromweU, i. 411, 8vo., 1784, quotes three stanzas of the above to prove that Elizabeth, the lady of the Protector, had "a defect in one eye;" but the allusion is most clearly to Hewson.
I LIVE NOT WHERE I LOVE. In the Roxburghe Collection, i. 68, is a ballad entitled " The constant lover: Who his affection will not move, Though he live not where he love. To a Northern tune, called Shall the absence of my Mistresse." It is subscribed P. L., London, printed for Henry Gosson, and consists of twelve stanzas, the first of which is as follows:—
You loyal lovers that are distant
From your sweet-hearts many a mile,
Pray come help me at this instant In mirth to spend away the while,
In singing sweetly and completely In commendation of my love;
Kesolving ever to part never, Thouqh I live not where I love."







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