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chico Lyr Add: Reformer of England, Tom Paine (9) Lyr Add: Reformer of England, Tom Paine 30 May 07

AIR -- Roast beef of old England

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Come listen good folks and a tale I'll relate
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How a staymaker, faith, would have made himself great
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And from mending of Stays took to mending of State

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Oh the reformer of England,
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And oh, the reformer Tom Paine.

The staymaker once an Exciseman was made
Where he learnt all the tricks the smugglers e'er play'd
And some tricks of his own, till kick'd out of the trade

Next America saw him o'erflowing with spite
'Gainst the sons of Old England he'd read and he'd write
And brandish his goose-quill, but ne'er choose to fight

When peace was one settl'd he'd stay there no more,
For Peace and Tom Paine could ne'er live on one shore
But transported to France madea hellish uproar

Now, protected by Laws, he strives to o'erthrow
At Britain he aims his unnatural blow
And would lay all the true sons of Liberty low

Let the Jacobins take him--they soon will requite him
Since riot, and rapine, and murder delight him
But let us live in peace, if 'twere only to spite him

Unite then, ye britons, unite in applause
To them men that stand forth for our Rights and our Laws
And from runagate Traitors defend our good cause

Then up with the Cuase of Old England
And down with Sedition and Paine

Our true British Freedom for ages shall stand,
In spite of Sedition and Pain's hellish band
And 'God save the King' shall refound through the land

So God save the King of Old England
And down with Sedition and Pain

[c1791. Subject is Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, American radical.]

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