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Stamp Act Repealed Song (1766)

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In this song, American patriots reacted triumphantly to the repeal of the Stamp Act. They also attacked British parliamentary leaders by name and alleged that those who supported the Stamp Act were in league with the devil. As you listen to the song, consider how colonial traditions of religious dissent against the established Church of England might have supported and contributed to the movement for political independence. What feelings and attitudes might such extreme language have helped to produce in the minds of its listeners?

New Song,
On the Repeal of the Stamp-Act, Tune,
A late worthy Old Lyon.

Of old times we read how the De'el tempted Eve
And told her fine stories, which she did believe
How in eating the apple, 'twould open her eyes,
And make her quite happy, as well as quite wise.
Taral, Laddey, & c.

She eagerly listen'd and gap'd at the fruit,
And swallow'd it down, but alass! 'twould not suit:
The Devil was victor, be that as it will,
He tempted her just as he tempted Gr.nv.ll.
Taral, Laddey, & c.

Quoth the Devil to Gr.nv.ll. I've drawn op a plan,
And think in my conscience that thou art the MAN;
When e'er I intend any evil to do.
You may always be sure I will pitch upon you.
Taral, Laddey, & c.

O'er-joy'd at the news like a courtier polite,
He thanked the Devil and thought all was right;
Expecting large share, of the profits in fact,
Arising by virtue of theNoble Stamp-Act.-
Taral, Laddey, & c.

This tickl'd his fancy, he tho't it would suit,
To commune with hisfriendssuch as H.sk and dear B.te.
Who pleas'd with theScheme,on wickedness bent,
All three to the Devil they lovingly went.
Taral, Laddey, & c.

The Devil surpriz'd and almoststruckmute
Yet rejoic'd at tbe fight of hisold friend,
J .hn B.te : He kindly receiv'd them for better for worse f-
And told them be sure put the Stamp-Act inforce.
Taral, Laddey, & c.

Recommended it strongly as aSchemethat would sit,
But told them like Devils toout-brazen PITT,
And not fail to opposehimon ev'ry occasion, (nation.
Else histonguelike the serpents would beguile the whole
Taral, Laddey, & c.

Now alass ! it is truth tho' odd it doth seem,
F rom old Devils, young Devils certainly came ;
The old Devilplann'd it,but H.sk, Gr.nv.lle and B.te
Three Devilsincarnatewere to execute.
Taral, Laddey, & c.

But behold !onearises, unrival'd in MERIT!
Witheloquencefitted to his noble spirit:
With the sound ofcheek music,this politickMessiah,
Knock'd Gr.nn.v.11. quite stiff,as didDavid, Goliah.
Taral, Laddey, & c.


Now rejoice yeAmericans,they're left in thelurch,
Fairly flung by theDevil,no friend to thechurch;
ConspicuousPITT! standsand displays truth his shield,
Come give him a bumper,the Stamp-Act's repeal'd.
Taral, Laddey, & c.

Long life to great PITT see the bumpers do smile,
A status erectfor hislabour and toil;
Let his name beimmortaland ne'er be forgot,
Whilst those of hisfoesdo corrupt, stinkand rot.
Taral, Laddey, & c.

A bumper ye Sons of Liberty all,
Let's drink and let's pray, ye great and ye small,
May thegoutand thestoneand whatev'r ye will,
Leave the good patriot PITT, and takerootin Gr.vn.ll.
Taral, Laddey, & c.

Now jointly with Pitt lets bid Gr.nv.lle defiance,
And laugh at theirDevilish quadruplealliance :
May they now ingood earnestnot ineffigyswing,
Thenwe Liberty 's Sons willtriumphantlysing.


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