MacLean, Gerald, editor. The Return of the King : An Anthology of English Poems Commemorating the Restoration of Charles II / edited by Gerald MacLean
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A Relation of the ten
grand infamous Traytors
[late October]

Octob. 13. 1660

    Tuesd. Peters
Sat. Harrison. A Relation of the ten grand infamous * Traytors
Mund. Carew. who for their horrid Murder and detestable Villany against our
late Soveraigne 1 Lord King CHARLES the first, that ever
and Cooke. blessed Martyr, were Arraigned, Tryed, and Executed
Greg. Clement, in the Moneth of October, 1660. Which in
Iones, Scot, and perpetuity will be had in remembrance
Scroope. perpetuity will be had in remembrance
Hacker, Axtel. unto 2 the worlds end.

The tune is, Come let us Drinke the time invites.

[1] Soveraigne] Soveriagne copytext

[2] unto] nnto copytext


HEe that can impose a thing,
and shew forth a reason,
For what was done against the King,
from the Palace to the Priso[n]
Let him here with me recite,
For my Pen is bent to write
the horrid facts of Treason.

Since there is no learned Scribe,
nor Arithmaticion,
Ever able to decide
the usurped base ambition:
Which in truth I shall declare,
Traytors here which lately were,
who wanted a Phisitian.

For the grand disease that bred,
nature could not weane it,
From the foot unto the head
was putrifacted treason in it:
Doctors could no cure give,
Which made the Squire then beleeve
that he must first begin it.

And the Phisick did compose,
within a pound of reason,
But to take away the cause,
then to purge away the Treason:
With a Dosse of Hemp made up,
Wrought as thick [as any] rope,
and given them [in season].

The Doctors did prescribe at last,
to give'em this Potation,
A Vomit or a single Cast,
well deserv'd in Purgation:
After that to lay them downe,
And bleed a veine in every one,
as Traytors of the Nation.

So when first the Phisicke wrought,
the of October, (_ On Harrison.
The Patient on a Sledge was brought,
like a Rebell and a Rover:
To the execution Tree,
Where with much dexterity
was gently turned over.

The Second Part, To the same tune.

MUnday was the day,
as Carew then did follow,
Of whom all men I thinke might say
in Tyranny did deeply wallow:
Traytor prov'd unto the King,
Which made him on the Gallowes swing,
and all the people hollow.

Tuesday after Peters, Cocke
two notorious Traytors,
That brought our Soveraigne to the blocke,
for which were hang'd and cut in quarters:
'Twas Cooke which wrought ye bloody thing,
To draw the charge against our King,
that ever blessed Martyr.

Next on Wednesday foure came,
for Murther all imputed,
There to answer for the same,
which in Judgement were confuted:
Gregorie Clement, Jones and Scot,
And Scroop together for a Plot,
likewise were executed.

Thursday past and Friday then,
to end the full conclusion,
And make the Traytors just up ten,
that day were brought to execution:
Hacker and proud Axtell he,
At Tyburne for their Treachery
receiv'd their absolution.

Being against the King and States,
the Commons all condemnd'm,
And their quarters on the Gates,
hangeth for a Memorandum:
'Twixt the heavens and the earth,
Traytors are so little worth,
to dust and smoake wee'l send'm.

Let now October warning make,
to bloody minded Traytors,
That never Phisicke more they take,
for in this Moneth they lost their quarters:
Being so against the King,
Which to murther they did bring,
the ever blessed Martyr.


London, Printed for Fr. Coles, T. Vere, M. Wright, and W. Gilbertson.

Part XI. Later in the Year, August to November 1660