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National Library of Scotland - Crawford
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THE
Victualar's Wifes Kindness
TO THE
Jolly Horse-Courser.
Who would not turn her Husband's new Lodger
out of door in his Absence, but Entertained him
for his dear sake.
Tune of, The Baffled Knight.
Licensed according to Order.

YOu Victualers all I pray attend,
here is a New Pleasant Ditty,
Which I in Merriment have penn'd,
wonderful true and pritty.

In Hosier-lane, as I am told,
a woman of your Profession,
She was afraid of taking cold,
therefore 'twas her discretion.

To get a Friend to keep her warm,
why should a young wife lye wishing?
In this there could be no great harm,
her Husband was gone a Fishing.

A Customer he was, I say,
then why should a Husband mind it,
Besides, he shew'd him first the way,
for fear that he should not find it.

This was a Horse-Courser by Trade,
a man that is brisk and ready,
There could not be a bolder Blade,
to lye with a sweet Landlady.

'Tis like you'd have me tell you how,
he happen'd to gain her Favour,
Why this I will resolve you now,
no manner of Coin he gave her.

By chance he did a Lodging lack,
and being thus disappointed,
Her Husband laid him at his back,
and so they came first acquainted.

Sometimes he sat up late to drink,
he being with drink delighted,
But he alas! did little think,
that he should be thus invited.

But coming there a night or two,
and being wet winter weather,
I faith they made no more adue,
but lovingly Pigg'd together.

But here comes all the plague and strife,
which made her good Husband brangle,
He had left the Lodger with his wife,
while he went abroad to Angle.

Her Husband slaid till twelve or more,
Customers was departed,
What must she turn him out of door?
she could not be so hard hearted.

To Bed they went without delay,
the woman and this Horse-Courser,
But what they did I will not say,
they tell me he did not force her.

At first her Husband let him lye,
who knew that his mind would waver!
How could he think she should deny
a Person so small a Favour.

Besides, poor heart, she did not know,
what her Honest Man intended,
Thought she, if I should let him go,
perhaps he may be offended.

It was her duty, love and care,
she thought of no evil action,
Yet her dear man does curse and swear,
and makes a most sad distraction.

But wherefore does he make this din,
O let him leave off his swearing,
He has his loving wife again,
she's never the worse for wearing.


Printed for James Bissel, at the Bible and Harp, near the Hospital-Gate, in
West-Smithfield.

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