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Magdalene College - Pepys
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JOANS Victory
Over her Fellow-Servants.
A Young-man that with many Maids does dwell,
Thought Joan the rest in beauty did excel;
Mall was too coy, Jenny was too bold,
Kate was too stale, and Nanny was a scold:
That he dislikes them all, and would with none
Be pleas'd, but with his fair and dearest Joan.
Tune of, My own sweet Nichol a Cod.

I'Ve liv'd in this Town these 5 Years,
but never the Lass could find
That would prove so true a Lover,
as constant and as kind:
Now fortune has me befriended,
at last to give me one;
Whose true love I discover,
then here's a good Health to Joan.

I once loved Kate and Jenny,
and once I loved Mall;
And then my love turned to Nancy,
but now I dislike them all:
For I have gotten a true love,
whom I affect alone;
'Tis she best pleaseth my fancy,
then here's a good health to Joan.

With Kate I[']de a short encounter,
because she was plaguy old;
Her letchery was so hasty,
that my love soon grew cold;
She proffered me Figgs of the best sort,
but I told her i'de have none;
Cause the strength of her breath was so nasty
but here's a good health to Joan.

At length a wonderful kindness
as possible may be thought,
Did pass betwixt me and Jenny,
but this was her onely fault;
She stradled so wide, and came on so fast,
that she made me cry out, be gone,
For I think the Devil is in you,
then, etc.

But then there was a secret Court there,
betwixt our Mall and I;
And she of her love was so tender,
that I hated her Modesty:
She was so much given to frowning,
and killing glances prone;
That on no terms she'd surrender,
then here's a good health to Joan.

At last I had a warm passion
for Nanny my dear heart;
But when ever her I courted,
she was too brisk and smart:
She'd gotten a Tongue with a tang in't,
and a trick to her self alone;
That she kick'd like a Colt when we sported
then, etc.

Then since i've gotten a sweet-heart,
that is both loving and true;
All old fish i'le defie,
and learn to deal with new:
For I hate to imbrace a Carcass
that's nothing but skin and bone;
And has never a whit of beauty,
then, etc.

Since Jenny then was so forward,
and impudent withal;
I thought it fit to leave her,
and my kindness to recall:

For I hate such buxome Lasses,
they'l Cuckold me ten to one;
'Twas po[licy] then to deceive her,
then, etc.

Now will I fix my heart on
those Maids that are too coy;
For Moll she was so squemish,
that she my love did cloy:
Then give me the Lass that is loving,
and not so scrupulous grown;
For that is the Lass without blemish,
then, etc.

Nor i'le have no more of this scolding,
which will but end my days;
She is worse then a smoaky Kitchin,
which always plagues your eyes.
Her tongues the worst part about her,
for it is always prone
To chatting, and damming, and itching,
then, etc.

Now 'twould be a thing that's needless,
to tell how I dearly love
She that my heart has wounded,
and does my passion move:
She has none of those damnable errors
to which most Maids are prone:
On her vertues my love is grounded,
then, etc.

She's neither old nor mouldy,
she's neither coy nor bold,
Nor has she faults of Nancy,
she's neither Shrow nor Scold:
Then she is the Maid that i'le marry,
she has none of these faults of her own,
Therefore she best pleaseth my fancy,
then here's a good health to Joan.

FINIS.

Printed for P. Brooksby, at the Gol-
den-Ball, near the Hospital-gate,
in West-smithfield.

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