ID: 18586
A new song, to an old tune.

BROADSIDE: A NEW SONG,, A new song, to an old tune. [London], Printed for Hodgson and Co., 43, Holywell-street, Strand, and 43, King-street, Snow-hill, by Hodgson, 25, Fleet-street. One penny. n.d. but ca. 1820.

broadside, 54.5 x 11 cms., very minor marginal soiling, a very good copy, unbound as issued.

Probably rare: no other copy located.

A ballad of 12 8-line stanzas, ostensibly a parody of Old King Cole, but this hardly disguising a mocking lampoon of George IV (the Prince Regent) and his maltreatment of Caroline of Brunswick. The ballad begins: "Old King Coal was a dandy fine, And a dandy spruce was he; Among the women he lov'd to shine, For a handsome man was he: ......." And ends: "So Old King Coal wish'd for another good wife, His Royal Queen to be, But the ladies all fear'd to live in strife, And to be ill-used by he."