Ballad on the New PLOT.
To the Tune of, Hey Boys up go We.
That caus'd our Doubts and Fears,
And all the Tribe that made the Rout,
Both Commoners and Peers;
The mighty Patrons of the Cauテ,
'Gain･ Pagan Popery,
Who rais'd a Gibbet for our Foes,
And hey Boys up go we.
With San｢ify'd Religious Zeal
A Holy Covenant we took,
Our Zealous Covenanting Saints,
No longer may the Papiフs boaフ
How well did we contrive the Plot,
Rumテy's Gold, and Rumbold
Our City Ryots, Countrey
Printed by N. T. at the entrance into the Old-Spring-Garden, near charing-croピ,1683
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This ballad, attributed to John Murcot, is a Tory satire on the foiled plans of a popular insurrection, known somewhat misleadingly as the 'Rye House Plot.' The plans were revealed in late June of 1683 and led to a vigorous prosecution -- and worse -- of the Whig conspirators (cf. "A True Narrative of the Bloody Murther of the Earl of Essex," new window).
The ballad was printed in London
during the second half of 1683. The original is at the Huntington Library;
a reproduction is available on microfilm in Early English Books,
1641-1700, 818: 7. Indexed as Wing M3085 and ESTC R16149.
In Edinburgh that same year was made
a second impression, now kept at the Bodleian Library.
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