The World Turned Upside Down. (Leon Rosselson.)

In 1649 to St George’s Hill
A ragged band they called the Diggers
Came to show the people’ s will
They defied the landlords, they defied the laws
They were the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs

We come in peace” they said “to dig and sow
We come to work the lands in common
and to make the waste land grow
This earth divided we will make whole
So it will can be a common treasury for all

The sin of property we do disdain
No one has any right to buy and sell the earth for private gain
By theft and murder they took the land
Now everywhere the walls spring up at their command.

They make the laws to chain us well
The clergy dazzle us with heaven or they damn us into hell
We will not worship the god they serve
The god of greed who feeds the rich while poor men starve

We work, we eat together, we need no swords We will not bow to the masters or pay rent unto the lords Still we are free tho we are poor You diggers all stand up for glory stand up now

From the men of property, the orders came
They sent the hired men and troopers 
to wipe out the Diggers’ claim
Tear down their cottages, destroy their corn
They were dispersed, but still the vision lingers on

You poor take courage, you rich take care
The earth was made a common treasury for everyone to share
All things in common, all people one
We come in peace” – the order came to cut them down

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *