As the Liberty lads o’er the sea
Bought their freedom, and cheaply, with blood,
So we, boys, we
Will die fighting, or live free,
And down with all kings but King Ludd!
—Lord Byron’s “amiable chanson” (ie “a Luddite hymn so inflammatory that it wasn’t published until after the poet’s death”) included in a letter to Thomas Moore dated December 1816 (HT Thomas Pynchon)