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Coercion - Hold the Rent, song lyrics

Song: Coercion - Hold the Rent
Lyrics: Fanny Parnell

Music: M. G. Giannetti
Year: 1881
Genre:
Country: Ireland / USA


"To the Tenant Farmers of Ireland"


Hush! your time is coming, boys! peace, be still, O story hearts!
Seize the wolf-dog in his spring, stay the eagle as he darts;
Close the fevered lips that call vainly calls to earth and sky;
Curb the arm that aches to choke down your foe's black throat the lie;
Hold you peace, and hold your hands, hold your rent when all is tried,
Only through an empty pouch you shall pierce the Briton's side,
Only through an empty pouch you shall pierce the Briton's side.

(CHORUS:)
Hold the rent and hold the crops, boys,
Pass the word from town to town;
Take away the props, boys,
So you'll pull Coercion down.

Keep the law, oh, keep it well - keep it as your rulers do;
Be not righteous over much, when they break it so can you!
As they rend their pledge and bond, rent you too their legal thongs;
When they crush your chartered rights, tread you down your chartered wrongs;
Help them on, and help them aye, help them as true brethren should,
All that's right and good for them sure for you it's right and good,
All that's right and good for them sure for you it's right and good.
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(CHORUS)

Ah, for you they'll tear and toss Magna Charta to the winds,
Law of man nor law of God e'er their, throttling fingers binds;
Hear their ragings! as of old, when the just judge found no flaw,
"When the law condemeth not, he shall perish without law!"
Hold your peace, and hold your hands, not a finger on them lay,
Let the pike and rifle stand, we have found a better way,
Let the pike and rifle stand, we have found a better way.

(CHORUS)

Let them try once more the plan, erst so potent in its spells;
Let them fill their prison-pens, let them fill their torture-cells,
Tread your manhood's birthright won, hound you in like beasts of prey,
Squelch you, ay, by Heav'n, like rats crawling in the mammoth's way!
Might is Right, and Force is God,- well the lesson they have taught,
Wait! You'll pay them back anon, in the coin their hand's have wrought.
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(CHORUS)

While one brave heart gasps unheard, stifled 'neath their panther grip,
While one woman's scalding tears vainly for the lone one drip,
While one jail victim holds, while one hearthstone mourns one gap,
Up and shout the shiboleth that can make fetters snap,
never heed the perjured Whig, never heed for cant or curse;
No coercion e'er coerced better than an empty purse.

(CHORUS)


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from the sheet music published by M. G. Giannetti, 47 E. 12th St., New York City, NY, USA.

2 - History on Fanny Parnell (1849 - 1882) and her sister Anna plus another source on Fanny Parnell.

3 - Sorry, we have no information on M. G. Giannetti at this time. If you do, we would appreciate it if you could visit the "About" page in the top menu and send us an email with the details. Thank you.

4 - The Land War 1879-1882, Ireland.