Hark, hark, the dogs do bark – A modern day equivalent

tumblr_nrmg11vopJ1uaybuuo4_500Hark, Hark, the dogs do bark – A Modern day equivalent

Hark! hark! the dogs bark,
The homeless are coming to town

Some came in rags, with their belongings in bags

Some came looking rejected and down;

Some gave them charity and some gave them scorn

Making them wish they had never been born

Some wash in loos in a effort to keep clean

Eating from food banks in numbers never before seen,

Some who are single, under 21, broke and alone;

Have no chance of having a home.

Metal spikes used in a attempt to crack down,
In an effort to push rough sleepers to another town.,

 Original 1881 version

Hark! hark! the dogs bark,
The beggars are coming to town;
Some in rags and some in tags,
And some in silken gowns.
Some gave them white breads,
And some gave them brown,
And some gave them a good horse-whip,
And sent them out of town.

Source: Greenaway, Mother Goose (1881)

Historical Background

The origins of “Hark Hark The Dogs Do Bark” lie within thirteenth century England. At the time, minstrels and beggars wandered from city to city singing songs with hidden messages. The songs were secret ways to rebel against royalty, clergy and politicians.

The rhyme is said to allude to the Dissolution of the Monasteries (1536 – 1540) initiated by King Henry VIII and minister Thomas Cromwell. They seized monastic lands for profit increasing the wealth of England and leaving monks to beg in the streets like dogs

The rhyme is also said to allude to the austerity programme of the Coalition and Tory Government (2010 – date) initiated by David Cameron, George Osborne and Ian Duncan Smith

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One response to “Hark, hark, the dogs do bark – A modern day equivalent

  1. Hi Maggie, I just wanted to make you aware the Parliamentary petition site is back up. Perhaps there would be some use in replicating the change.org petition to the DWP?

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