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MONMOUTHSHIRE AND GLAMORGANSHIRE…

HuUSE OF COMMONS.—WEDNESDAY.

THE REASON WHY.

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THE REASON WHY. There once was a time when the labourer wrought With a heart full of sorrow and care When bread was a dainty too dear to be bought, And our shelves, like our pockets, were bare. But things have grown better, there's joy in the street, And coin in the purse brings the light to the eye And the loaf has grown big, and melve pudding to eat, And we all know the reason ssehy. We can sit by the fire when our labour is done, With our children as happy as morn, And grateful and happy get up with the sun That ripens the bountiful corn. We can pay for the book, we can pay for the school The gown and the shawl for our wives we can buy And the man, we should think, is a bit of a fool Who knows not the reason why. No longer, heart-brokeu or scowling with hate, To the doors of the workhouse we throng We feel no ill-will to the rich and the great, Nor harbour a thought to do wrong. We read ol revolts, and of rows, and what not, But England, and God save the Ciueen," is our cry, We are well as we are; we have heel in the pot; And we all know the reason why. And so, Master Dizzy, and Derby the busy, Beware There is danger ahead Yiu may try nhat. you will the State coffers to fill, But you sha'nt tax the labourer's bread. The loaf,the big loaf! and if fight you we must, To end the dispute you're so ready to try. We'll"stand by the law, and convince you, we trust, That we well know the reason why. Dn. CHARLES MACKAY,

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