The Songs of Joseph Mather: to which are Added a Memoir of Mather, and Miscellaneous Songs Relating to Sheffield. With Introduction and Notes by J. Wilson

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Pawson & Brailsford, 1862 - 120 pages

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Page iii - Who so shall telle a tale after a man, He moste reherse, as neighe as ever he can, Everich word, if it be in his charge, All speke he never so rudely and so large ; Or elles he moste tellen his tale untrewe, Or feinen thinges, or finden wordes newe.
Page 115 - Colds nor cramps shall e'er oppress thee ; Come and share my humble board : Robin ! come and live with me, Live — yet still at liberty. Soon shall Spring in smiles and blushes Steal upon the blooming year ; Then, amid the...
Page xxiii - His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
Page xvii - ... other workmen. They were, in fact, in many respects, a pest to the town. The masters could neither do without them nor obtain better. They were therefore forced to give them high wages, and to wink at their irregularities. From this cause the masters were continually enticing the workmen from each other's houses, giving them money to hire with them, and letting them get into their debt as a kind of security. There were in consequence frequent disputes between masters and workmen, and between...
Page 115 - Heaven above with vapours scowling, Frost imprisons all the ground ; — Robin ! what are these to thee? Thou art blest with liberty. Though yon fair majestic river* Mourns in solid icy chains ; Though yon flocks and cattle shiver On the desolated plains ; — Robin ! thou art gay and free, Happy in thy liberty. Hunger never shall distress thee, While my cates one crumb afford ; Colds nor cramps shall e'er oppress thee; Come and share my humble board.
Page 56 - GOD save great Thomas Paine, His 'Rights of Man' explain To every soul. He makes the blind to see What dupes and slaves they be, And points out liberty, From pole to pole. Thousands cry 'Church and King...
Page 115 - WELCOME, pretty little stranger ! Welcome to my lone retreat ! Here, secure from every danger, Hop about, and chirp, and eat. Robin ! how I envy thee, Happy child of liberty ! Now though tyrant Winter, howling, Shakes the world with tempests round, Heaven above with vapours scowling, Frost imprisons all the ground ; — Robin ! what are these to thee?
Page 37 - From my infancy to this moment, I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. — It shall ultimately prevail. — It shall finally triumph.
Page xii - So perhaps I should, had I only his principles to trust to ; but if at that time I was not afraid, no thanks to my natural courage. We returned to our brother Bennet's, and gave ourselves up to prayer. The rioters followed, and exceeded in outrage all I have seen before. Those at Moorfields, Cardiff, and Walsal, were lambs to these. As there is no king in Israel, I mean no magistrate in Sheffield, every man doth as seemeth good in his own eyes.
Page 63 - That monster oppression, behold how he stalks, Keeps picking the bones of the poor as he walks, There's not a mechanic throughout this whole land But what more or less feels the weight of his hand ; That offspring of tyranny, baseness, and pride, Our rights hath invaded and almost destroyed, May that man be banished who villainy screens : Or sides with big W n with his thirteens.

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