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This is one of the common street ballad tunes of London, to which numberless songs have been sung at various times.
The words here printed, were propagated by the press of Mr. Catnach, in Monmouth Court, Seven Dials, about the year 1820. It was at a time when trade was depressed, and many mechanics were thrown out of employment. The object of the ballad was to propose a renewal of war as a remedy.
The tune is worthy of better words.
There are several old songs of " Under the Rose." One written in 1647, is entitled " Prattle your pleasure (under the rose)," and commencesó> " There is an old proverb, which all the world knows, Anything may be spoke, if't be under the rose." In 1520, roses were placed over Confessionals, the rose being considered as the emblem of silence. How it came to be so considered has been fully discussed in the pages of Notes and Queries.

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