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British Library - Roxburghe
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The kind hearted Creature: Or
The prettest jest that ere you knew,
Yet Ile say nothing but what is true:
I once heard of a cunning Whore,
But nere the like of this before.
To the tune of the Mother beguiled the Daughter:

AL you that are disposed now,
to heare a merry jest,
By me shall be disclosed how,
a bonny Lasse confest,
That she had loved one or two,
nay two or three and twenty,
I cannot tell what they did doe,
but she had Lovers plenty,
Sing Boyes, drinke Boyes,
why should we not be merry:
Ile tell you of a bonny Lasse,
and her Love beyond the Ferry.

This bonny lasse had caught a clap
it seemes by some young shaver,
She being match with such mishap
the Ladds began to leave her,
Though she mist of their company,
some one made sure his bargaine
But she was lovd of so many,
that it is worth regarding.
Yet she will sing, and alwayes say
drinke round and lets be merry.
I have a love in Lankeshire,
and a litle beyond the ferry.

She now being called to account,
for to discribe aright,
What yong-man was the Father ont
and her owne hearts delight

But she could not resolve the same,
because there was so many,
She knew nots trade nor yet his name,
for she was free for any.
Sing Boyes, etc.

Quoth she and if it have a Booke,
then twas the man ith Gowne,
Or other-wayes ant have a hooke,
twas the sheephard on the down,
Or if it have a whip ins hand:
then sure it was a carter,
Or if it cannot goe nor stand,
I thinke twas drunken Artor.
Sing Boyes, etc.

And if it have a new fashon,
twas one came out of France,
And if it be a Musician:
twas one-taught me to dance,
And if ins hand a needle be,
then sure it was a Taylor.
Or if it chance to crosse the Sea,
I thinke it was a saylor.
Sing Boyes, drinke boyes,
why should we not be merry,
I have a love in Lankeshire,
and a litle beyond the ferry.

The second part To the same tune.

ANd if it have a Hammer,
then sure a Smith was he,
And if it be full of maner,
twas one of good degree,
Or if it have a shuttle,
a Weaver sure was he then,
And if that it be wise and sutle,
twas one of the baylifes yong-men.
Sing Boyes etc.

And if it have a long locke,
a Courtier sure was he,
And if it be a prety cocke,
then that was William he,
And if it have a shooe ins hand,
it was the boone Shoomaker,
Or if it have a durty band,
twas sure a dunghill raker-
Sing boyes etc.

And if it have a Kettle,
then sure he was a Tinker:
And if it be full of Mettle,
twas sure a good Ale-drinker
And if that it be Gresie,
then sure it was a Butcher:
And if that it be lowsie,
then sure it was a Botcher.
Sing Boyes, etc.

And if ins hand a flower be,
a Gardner was the man sure,
And if it love to take a Fee,
I thinke twas the Pariture:
And if it be in a gowne of gray,
twas one that lives ith Country,
And if that it be fresh and gay,
twas one the common gentry.
Sing Boyes, etc.

And if it have a Pen ins hand,
then sure it was a Scrivner,

And if ith the Tavern he love to stand
then sure it was a Vintner:
And if it have a drowsie eye,
twas him that they call sleeper,
And if with brames and hornes he cry
twas sure the Chimney-sweeper.
Sing Boyes, etc.

And if ins hand he have a Funne,
then sure it was a Baker,
And if he love to drinke ith Tunne,
twas then ihe good Alemaker:
And if he love to ride a Horse,
I thinke it was an Ostler,
Or else it twas the man oth Crosse,
that was a valiant Wrastler.
Sing Boyes, etc.

And if it have a mealy face,
twas him that grines the corne,
And if a long note be in place,
tis him that windes the horne,
And many more I here might name,
which lovd me once most dearely,
But that indeed it is a shame,
for enough is shewen hereby,
Sing boyes etc.

Now all the hope I have is this,
my barne must have a Father,
And I confesse I did amisse,
would I had repented rather,
Yet thers a youngman loves me wel
but I could nere abide him,
I know of me hele have [n]o feare,
though many will deride him,
Sing boyes etc.


R. C.
London printed for F. Coules.

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