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Magdalene College - Pepys
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The Women and Maidens Vindication
OF
TOP-KNOTS:
At a Parliament Holden by them near Pimlico.
Shewing the great benefit they bring to thousands in City and Country, Charging Men to Affront them no more
therewith, least they incur their greatest displeasure.
To a Pleas[a]nt New Tune; Or, The Ladies of London. This may be Printed, R. P.

SInce Women and Maidens have been abus'd,
we think it's high time to break silence;
For wearing Top-Knots it is we're accus'd,
but now we can do't with a License;
To th' praise of our Sex, a Law it is made,
which e'ry Female doth impower.
That None of us all need now be afraid,
to wear a Top-Knot or a Tower.

A Sessions was held ne'r to Pimlico,
where Ladies and other resorted,
The Acts and Speeches of those that did go,
you will find here tru[l]y reported;

'First thing they did, a Speaker they chose,
it was one well suited their Fancy,
But they cast Lots least time they should lose,
and it fell on Nimble-tongu'd Nancy.

She was no sooner placed in the Chair,
but made a most pithy Oration,
Extolling Top-Knots and other Attire,
that are worn in City and Nation:
Said she (indeed she spoke like a Saint)
young Maidens, and those that are grieved,
Make no delay, but let's hear your Complaint,
'pon Honour you shall be relieved.

'Twas a brisk Lady first open'd the case,
it's said she belong'd to the Temple.
Who exprest her self with a very good Grace,
and shew'd how Men on them do trample:
Madam Speaker, 'tis my greatest care,
that some wholsome new Laws you'l provide;
Or Top-Knots in quiet we never shall wear,
as we trip it up along Cheapside.

For Men of late are so very rude grown,
at Noon-day they plainly do show it,
A Lady to them's no more than a Joan,
incens'd by the Lines of a Poet:
Another stood up with a fierce look,
said, Madam, you're right in your guesses,
For he's a Villain, I'll swear on a Book,
that hath made those Paper of Verses.

The third that spoke was a Milliners Wife,
who seem'd to be in a great passion,
And said she had rather loose her sweet life,
then Top-Knots should grow out of Fashion:
A Weavers Wife the cause would maintain,
for Top-Knots she shew'd a great pitty;
By Ribbons there's [th]ousands good livings gain,
not only in Subburbs but City.

Then Bridget, Mary, kind Nelly and Joan,
with Sue and Doll unanimously,
In all there was an hundred and one
of Maids, which caus'd a very great cry:
Top Knots we'l have, and Top-Knots we'l wear,
since it hath occasion'd so much good,
Let Men speak against us now if they dare,
we'l spend the dearest drop of our blood.

The Clerk was order'd to write this Law down,
before they made a Prorogation,
That Top-Knots be wore in City and Town,
throughout the Kingdom and Nation:
Therefore we strictly charge and Command,
that Men no more shew themselves such Sots,
Or else they shall feel the weight of our hands,
when ever they catch at our Top-Knots.

FINIS

Printed for J. Gilbertson, at the Sun and Bible on
London-Bridge.

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