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Great meetings in England, or, the free trades & Protectionests [sic]

(16) Great meetings in England, or, the free trades & Protectionests [sic]

                  THE GREAT


                  OR, THE

      Free Trades & Protectionests.

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Come all you gallant Englishmen & listen to my song,
And I'll warrant I'll amuse you & not detain you long,
It is concerning Free Trade as plainly you may see,
And the meetings that are being held in Town and


Among all classes high & low, great discontent is raised,
There is some calls for Protection & others for Free Trade.
Spoken.—Good morning neighbour Jobson, pray what
is the meaning of all these great meetings that are being
held in all parts of England.—Why you see friend the are
what they call Protectionists Meetings, there is two classes
of men who both say they are working for the good of the
People, although they take opposite means to do it; one
calls themselves Protectionists & the others Free Traders.
Oh yes, I see, do you know friend Jobson I signed a pe-
tition in favour of Free Trade, but I thought when we get
it we should be all gentlemen and live like fighting cocks
and have plenty of Roast Beef aud Plum Pudding, but I
dont see much of it as yet.
Now there was Bright & Cobden and many others too,
The Free Trade did agitate in England althrough,
They said let foreign corn come in, the people want cheap
But how they was to raise the tin, the devil a word
they said.
Spoken.—Well to be sure bread is cheap enough, now if
we could only get the money to buy it with.—You must
not be in a hurry, Rome was not built in a day, besides.
There is a good time coming only wait a little longer.—
That is an old story, besides while the grass is growing the
horse is starving, I have heard say, we shall be all king's
in our turn, but I fancy it will be a long time coming to
my turn.
Alterations might be made, and with me you agree,
When men would be much better paid in town & country
Divide the great farms into ten, put down machinery,
Then happy times in England we once again might see.
But what is the meaning of Protectionists do they mean
they will protect our sights, if so, they are the men for me,
Why I do not hardly, they seem to say by allowing the
Foreign Corn to come into the English Markets will injure
the trade of England and therefore through the English
Labourer out of employ, but perhaps after all it is only
one word for us & two for themselves, so to my thinking
one bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
These Free Trade chaps they do declare, that we shall be
With lots of bread, prime beef & beer, if we be satisfied
And roasted pigs shall run about on purpose for to treat us,
With a khife & fork stuck in their r—p, a bawling out
who'll eat us.
Spoken.—On them days are gone by when Pigs used
to run about in that style, besides I heard my grandmother
say that she heard her grandmother say that somebody
else said the streets of London were paved with gold, but
when I went there I'm blest if they was not paved with
stone, just the same as our town down here.—But I'll tell
you what it is if them nobs was to study the interests of
the poor man as well as they do themselves, it would be
much better for us all, and then there would be no cause
for discontent.
Now let us hope n England the good time we may see,
When the Farmer & the Labourer may all united be,
Bad luck to the selfish kives I say who causes all the evil,
They would rob the poor man day by day, So pitch
them to the devil.

M. A. Hodges, (from Pitts,) Wholesale Toy Warehouse,
3l, Dudley St., Seven Dials. A variety of New Songs.

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