Collection of ballads, songsheets. 2 vols. London: J. Pitts, 18051840? University of Minnesota Libraries. WILSON Rare Books Quarto 820.1 Z. Vol. 2.
Pasted to album leaf 10: broadside containing "The Protestant Song" (left column) and transcript of "Winchelsea's Address to the Protestants" (right column).
Our Holy, our Protestant Church is at stake,
The glorious Church which we can't too much prize,
Is Mark'd for destruction by wolves in disguise.
United and free, let us Protestants be<,>
Where's Póó now and W..? link'd hand and
And are Britons such fools ? <S>hall the
slaves of the pope
Remember the days of Queen Mary of old,
Believe not the traitors, the infidel crew
In the reign of Queen Bess, as we very well
But Providence baffled their murderous intents,
O never since King James, in affright fled
'Twas William a standard for Liberty rais'd,
Now to Cumberland's name what attachments
Now pray Mr. O'Connell, and Gorman Malon<e>,
Should Cóó in parliament show a rogue's face,
While P...<,> papists, Lib'rals, and Arians<,>
Fellow Countrymen, brother Protestants<,>
In the name of our country & our God I
call upon you, without one moment<'>s delay, boldly to stand forward
in defence of our Protestant Constitution & Religion of that Constitution
which is the foundation of our long cherished libertiesóof that Religion
which is the source of the many blessings which this
nation has received from the hands of the Almighty Governor of the Universe.
the honor to Be
Pitts Printer, Toy and Marble Warehouse, 6, Great St.
Andrew Street, seven dials. Sold also by F. Challoner, 64. Leman Street.
Transcription, annotations and HTML coding by Brett Single. Pointed brackets mark conjectural readings and emendations.
This ballad responds to the Emancipation Act (1829), which granted to Irish and British Roman Catholics freedoms previously extended only to Anglican Protestants. The former Anglican Protestant ascendancy in Ireland found itself outnumbered and threatened by Roman Catholic majority. A literary lashing-out at political events in Ireland, "The Protestant Song" defends the Anglican "High Church" against the imagined threat of a "Papist Conspiracy." For further commentary see Brett Single, "Celtic History and Politics in The Ballads of Seven Dials."
As an entrepreneur Pitts printed ballads that expressed both sides of the Catholic Emancipation controversy: compare "A New Song on the Catholic Emancipation" (decorated with a matching woodcut).
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