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Viewing: Curzon b.10(130)

1st Ballad - Roud Number: V12282

Title: The ploughman's ditty: being an answer to that foolish question, \"What have the poor to lose?\"

First Line: Because I'm but poor

Tune: He that has the best wife

Notes:  From the British Neptune

Subjects:  Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821

2nd Ballad - Roud Number: V4299

Title: The island of Britain. A loyal song - 1803

First Line: My friends, ye have heard, in the late British wars

Tune: Hearts of oak

Notes:  From the British Neptune

3rd Ballad - Roud Number: V27033

Title: New God save the king

First Line: Sound trumpets, beat your drums

Notes:  From the British Neptune

Subjects:  George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820

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