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AN ODE TO THE FRAMERS
OF THE FRAME BILL

By
Lord Byron
March 2, 1812


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1

Oh well done Lord E-----n  and better done R----r !

Britannia must prosper with councils like yours;

Hawkesbury, Harrowby, help you to guide her,

Whose remedy only must kill ere it cures:

Those villains, the Weavers, are all grown refractory,

Asking some succour for Charity's sake ---

So hang them in clusters round each Manufactory,

That will at once put an end to mistake.
 

2

Thr rascals, perhaps, may betake them to robbing,

The dogs to be sure have got nothing to eat ---

So if we can hang them for breaking a bobbin,

'T will save all the Government's money and meat:

Men are more easily made than machinery ---

Stockings fetch better prices than lives ---

Gibbets on Sherwood will heighten the scenery,

Showing how Commerce, how Liberty thrives !
 

3

Justice is now in pursuit of the wretches,

Grenadiers, Volunteers, Bow-street Police,

Twenty-two Regiments, a score of Jack Ketches,

Three of the Quorum and two of the Peace;

Some Lords, to be sure, would have summoned the Judges

To take their opinion, but that they ne'er shall,

For Liverpool such a concession begrudges,

So now they're condemned by no Judges at all.
 

4

Some folks for certain have thought it was shocking,

When Famine appeals and when Poverty groans,

That Life should be valued at less than a stocking,

And breaking of frames lead to breaking of bones.

If it should prove so, I trust, by this token,

( And who will refuse to partake in the hope? )

That the frames of the fools may be first to be broken,

Who, when asked for a remedy, send down a rope.
 

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