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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitlePoor tradesmen's lamentation
Roud No.21211
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 171
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Neighbours, country men and friends,
Attend unto our cry,
For still our trade is very bad,
Our wants do multiply;
Our case is such, we do request
Some favour from your land,
Till we again with trade are blest,
In once our happy land.

Verse 2

Sure Britons ne'er refuse to work,
And yet how hard we fall,
No heathen savage, Jew nor Turk,
Such hardships have to bear;
For weavers are all in great distress,
Employ we cannot find,
And thousands of us are compelled,
To leave our friends behind.

Verse 3

The man that does the poor assist,
And always them relieve,
On earth shall spend his days in peace,
In Glory after life.
The vineyard of our precious Lord
Before his labours lie,
And lo! We see a vast reward,
Awaits them in the skies.

Verse 4

May God the widow's ways protect,
And help the fatherless,
With those who shade world's neglect,
And languish in distress;
Give to our country commerce,
Again our trade renew,
Let those rejoice who have got work,
For we've got none to do.

Verse 5

Our visit to you now, kind friends,
We hope you will excuse,
And as we have explained our case,
We hope you won't refuse;
For we are now crying for bread,
And likely so to be,
For we cannot help ourselves,
In this sad misery.

Verse 6

A mite from you, though e'er so small,
Will greatly us befriend,
We hope you will no poorer be,
But richer in the end;
For he that giveth to the poor,
But laudeth to the Lord,
So now, kind friends, on us bestow,
Whate'er you can afford.
Print Song Lyrics
The usual introduction is missing but in pencil is the following:

[Printed at Wootton under Edge] Time of cotton famine?

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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