Cavalier Ballad; Aug. 13th, 1647
Why kept your train-bands such a stirre?|
Why sent you them by clusters?
Then went into Saint James's Parke?
Why took you then their musters?
Why rode my Lord up Fleet-street
With coaches at least twenty,
And fill'd they say with aldermen,
As good they had been empty?
London is a brave towne,
Yet I their cases pitty;
Their mayor and some few aldermen
Have cleane undone the city.
2. The 'prentices are gallant blades,
3. What's now become of your brave Poyntz?|
And of your Generall Massey?(1)
If you petition for a peace,
These gallants they will slash yee.
Where now are your reformadoes?
To Scotland gone together:
'Twere better they were fairly trusst
Then they should bring them thither.
4. But if your aldermen were false,
5. God send the valiant General may
(1) Poyntz and Massey were staunch Presbyterians, and their party
counted on their assistance in opposing the army: but they
withdrew, when the quarrel seemed to be near coming to extremities.
(2) Glynn was one of the eleven members impeached by the army.
(3) It was believed at this time that Fairfax was favourable to the restoration of the King.
The city of London made several demonstrations this year to support
the Presbyterian party in the Parliament against the Independents
and the army.|
In the latter end of September, after the army had marched to London, and the Parliament acted under its influence, the lord mayor and a large part of the aldermen were committed to the Tower on the charge of high treason; and a new mayor for the rest of the year was appointed by the Parliament.
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