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Whore is the subjects' liberty ?
And eke where is their property ?
We're forc'd to fight for nought, like slaves,
And though we do we're hang'd like knaves. This is not like Old England's ways: ' New lords, new laws,' the proverb says.
Besides the seamen's pay, that's spent, The King for stores, ships, and what's lent, Does owe seven millions at the least, And ev'ry year his debt's encreast; So that we may despair that we One quarter of our pay shall see.
Foreigners and confederates
Get poor men's pay, rich men's estates;
Brave England does to ruine run,
And Englishmen must be undone. If this trade last but one half-year Our wealth and strength is spent, I fear.
God bless our noble Parliament, And give them the whole government, That they may see we're worse than ever, And us from lawless rule deliver; For England's sinking, unless they Do take the helm, and better sway.
To the Tune of In the merry month of June.
You pretty maids of Greenwich, of high and low degree, Pray never fix your fancys on men that go to sea; The seamen's wives lead careful lives when at the very best, ff For, in my mind, in stormy wind they can take but little rest.