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to Of that false traytoure Thomas Crumwel, Now that he is set to learne to spell.

Synge trolle on away.

When fortune lokyd the in thy face,
Thou haddyft fayre tyme, but thou lackydyst grace; 5
Thy cofers with golde thou fyllydft a pace.

Synge, &c.

Both plate and chalys came to thy fyft,
Thou lockydst them vp where no man wyst,
Tyll in the kynges treafoure suche thinges were myst.

Synge, &c.


Both crust and crumme came thorowe thy handes,
Thy marchaundyse sayled over the sandes,
Therfore nowe thou art layde fast in bandes.

Synge, &c.

Fyrfte when kynge Henry, God saue his grace!
Perceyud myschefe kyndlyd in thy face,
Then it was tyme to purchase the a place.

Synge, &c.


Hys grace was ever of gentyll nature,
Mouyd with petye, and made the hys feruyture;
But thou, as a wretche, fuche thinges dyd procure.

Synge, &c.



Thou dyd not remembre, false heretyke,
One God, one fayth, and one kynge catholyke,
For thou hast bene so long a scysmatyke.

Synge, &c.

Thou woldyst not learne to knowe these thre ;
But euer was full of iniquite:
Wherfore all this lande hathe ben troubled with the.

Synge, &c.


All they, that were of the new trycke,
Agaynst the churche thou baddest them stycke;
Wherfore nowe thou haste touchyd the quycke.

Synge, &c.

Bothe facramentes and facramentalles
Thou woldyst not suffre within thy walles;
Nor let vs praye for all chryften soules.

Synge, &c.


Of what generacyon thou were no tonge can tell,
Whyther of Chayme, or Syschemell,
Or else sent ys frome the deuyll of hell.

Synge, &c.

Thou woldest neuer to vertue applye,
But couetyd euer to clymme to hye,

35 And nowe haste thou trodden thy shoo awrye.

Synge, &c.

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Who-so-euer dyd winne thou wolde not lose ;
Wherfore al Englande doth hate the, as I suppose,
Bycause thou waft false to the redolent rose.

Synge, &c.

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Thou myghtest have learned thy cloth to flocke
Upon thy gresy fullers stocke ;
Wherfore lay downe thy heade vpon this blocke.

Synge, &c.

Yet faue that foule, that God hath bought,
And for thy carcas care thou nought,
Let it suffre payne, as it hath wrought.

Synge, &c.


God saue kyng Henry with all his power,
And prynce Edwarde that goodly flowre,
With al hys lordes of great

Synge trolle on awaye, fyng trolle on away.
Hevye and how rombelowe trolle on awaye.

Ver. 40. Cromwell's father is generally said to have been a Blacksmith at Putney : but the author of this Ballad would infinuate that either be bimself or some of bis ancestors were Fullers by trade.

The foregoing Piece gave rise to a poetic controversy, which was carried on thro' a succesion of seven or eight Ballads written for and against Lord Cromwell. These are all preserved in the archives of the Antiquarian Society, in a large folio Colle&tion of Proclamations, &c. made in the Reigns of K. Ken. VIII. K. Edw. VI. 2. Mary. Q, Eliz. K. James 1. &c.

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