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chico Origins: Chairing Day (1780 Coventry Elections) (4) Origins: Chairing Day (1780 Coventry Elections) 29 May 07


The second song of a broadside sheet from Bodelian. Can anyone decipher this? Who was "Cr-v-n"? It was a person, but what name? Craven?

I found out that Dulcina, the late elizabethan tune, will fit this perfectly. But there was no tune indicated in the broadside.


AIR -- Dulcina (Conjecture) +2 Capo

G                   Em    D
Now see the glorious day appears
G          Am       D       7
Let ev'ry Churchman banish fears
Brave YEO and SHEFFIELD in their chairs
G       Em    D G
Are our elected members

Em                  Am Em    B7
With chearful songs let us rejoice
      Em    Am         B7       Em
And praises sing with heart and voice
G                      Em         D
Since now our city has made the choice
G       Em          D 7 G
Of two such brave defenders

The Whigish mob by Cr-v-n sent
To close the booth was their intent
To us their staffs they did present
But god was our defender
In spite of Cr-v-n and his crew
And what his bloody mob can do
We'll let them know we're right true blue
And chair our glorious members

Fear not the corporation frowns
Though they have fifties in their gowns
They say they'll give you no four pounds
But surely you remember
Though they may have forgot the thing
Who it was murder'd Charles our king
At George their hellish darts they fling
May God be his Defender

For if the Whigs should strip the Crown
They'll pull our Church and Steeple down
Court not the smiles nor fear the frown
Of all these vile dissemblers
Let every loyal churchman sing
I love my church, I love my king
With this we'll make our city ring
And chair our glorious members

We're none of those who turn their coat
Down with the Whigs and all their sort
The Church of England we'll support
And be her true Defenders
With heart and voice we all will sing
God bless our church, God save the King
Brave YEO and SHEFFIELD in we'll bring
To be our glorious members

["A song for the chairing day. By an old woman, who loves her church and king" Subject: Parliamentary elections of 1780, Coventry.]


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