Elections Of 1848 (James Murphy)
(Job Defeated Brooking)

I love my country, I love my freedom,
I love all independent votes;
I hate oppression, hate their deceiving,
I hate to see red painted notes.

Because by them they are deceived,
The scheming thieves would gain their end;
The lies they hatch are not believed,
Avaunt thee, Brooking, Job's our friend.

I love the truth, I love uprightness,
I love all true and faithful men;
I hate all turncoats, hate the likeness
Of those who sign and turn again.

Now Job's returned as clear as light,
They see they can't enslave the Bay;
Men will stand firm for Briton's rights,
Whatever clerks or agents say.

Success to Job, he stood the struggle,
The victory gained at Trinity;
Brooking's vanquished like a bubble,
Hurrah! my boys, the Bay is free.

####.... Anonymous. Traditional Newfoundland ballad ....####
Printed in St John's in 1912 on p.7 of Old Songs Of Newfoundland published by James Murphy [1867-1931].

James Murphy's Publisher's Notes: These elections took place seven years prior to the Introduction of Responsible Government (1855-1933). Mr Thomas Bully Job [1806-1878], grandfather of Hon. William Carson Job [1864-1943] and Mr Robert Brown Job [1873-1961], defeated Mr Brooking at Trinity. Hon. William Carson Job is as popular as his grandfather amongst all classes in Newfoundland.

From Wiktionary:
Avaunt (archaic) - begone; depart; a word of contempt or abhorrence, equivalent to the phrase "Get thee gone."


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