"a poem purporting to be spoken by a Digger in Putney"

The Diggers (also called 'True Levellers') were a radical political group, during the time of the English Civil War. Their beliefs - in a form of religious agrarian socialism, where property rights were ended and the land was cultivated on a communal basis - gave them the name True Levellers. Their actions - in digging over public lands and planting them with crops - gained them the nickname of 'Diggers'.