The Song of the Diggers

Leon Rosselson

In 1649 to St. Georges hill
A ragged band they called the diggers
Came to show the peoples will
They defied the landlords
They defied the laws
They were the dispossesed
Reclaiming what was theirs

The sin of properly we do disdain
No one has the 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


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

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
A god of greed that feeds the rich
While people starve

We work we eat together we need no swords
We will not bow to the masters
Pay no 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 only their 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 came in peace
The orders came to cut them down


Can be found on the album Time For Touching Home