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World turned upside down - Leon Rosselson/Gerard Winstanley

In 1649, To St George's Hill,
A ragged band they called the Diggers
Come to show the people's will
They defied the landlords, They defied the law
They were the dispossessed, Reclaiming what was theirs

'We come in peace' they said, 'To dig and sow
We come to work the land in common
And to make the waste land grow
This earth divided, We will make whole
So it 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, Rise 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 masters, Or pay rent to the lords
We are free men, Though 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
This 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