The Lawyers' Lamentation For The Loss Of Charing-Cross

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Cavalier Ballad; From a Collection of Loyal Songs, 1610 to 1660

Undone! undone! the lawyers cry,
They ramble up and down;
We know not the way to Westminster
Now Charing-Cross is down.
Chorus:
Now fare thee well, old Charing-Cross,
Then fare thee well, old stump;
It was a thing set up by a King,
And so pull'd down by the rump.

2. And when they came to the bottom of the Strand
They were all at a loss:
This is not the way to Westminster,
We must go by Charing-Cross.
Chorus:

3. The Parliament did vote it down
As a thing they thought most fitting,
For fear it should fall, and so kill 'em all
In the House as they were sitting.
Chorus:

4. Some letters about this Cross were found,
Or else it might been freed;
But I dare say, and safely swear,
It could neither write nor read.
Chorus:

5. The Whigs they do affirm and say
To Popery it was bent;
For what I know it might be so,
For to church it never went,
Chorus:

6. This cursed Rump-rebellious crew,
They were so damn'd hard-hearted;
They pass'd a vote that Charing-Cross
Should be taken down and carted:
Chorus:

7. Now, Whigs, I would advise you all,
'Tis what I'd have you do;
For fear the King should come again,
Pray pull down Tyburn too.
Chorus:

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