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Magdalene College - Pepys
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The Dorset-shire DAMOSEL:
OR,
Young NANCY at her last Prayer.
Containing her earnest request to Ralph the Miller, to be satisfied whether he wou'd have her or no: Concluding
with his kind Answer. To the Tune of, Fond Boy, etc. Or, Love's a sweet Passion, etc.

I N Dorset-shire lived a young Miller by Trade,
Who had courted sweet Nancy an innocent Maid,
Full a Twelvemonth or more he had kept her in hand;
She went to him at last that she might understand
What he ment by his fooling and serving her so,
Prithee tell me, quoth she, if you'll have me or no?

When first you come to me, How kind was you then?
You would give me sweet Kisses a hundred and ten,
Nay, and told me that you did my Beauty adore,
Yet you have not been with me this two Months or more;
Therefore pray now resolve me before I do go,
Whether you do intend to have me or no?

When ever I come with my Grist to your Mill,
You would [always] be kissing and courting [me] still,
I could ne'er be at rest and at quiet for you:
I appeal to your Conscience if this be not [true]
Therefore pray now resolve me before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

I Bought you a Cravat to go to a Feast,
One that cost Half-a-crown, or two Shillings at least,
And besides that I gave you three Ells of good Linnen
For to make you Shirt, of my Mother's own Spinning;
Therefore prithee resolve me before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

There's Roger would have me, and calls me his Dear;
He has got an Estate of ten Shillings a Year,
Besides forty good Shillings and five in a Purse,
Therefore don't spoil my Fortune and hinder me thus,
But be pleas'd to resolve me before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

You told me last Easter you'd make me your Bride,
Wherefore new N[?]s and Favours I strait did provide,
Yet you ne'er came a near me till now June the third;
E'ry honest Man would be as good as his Word:
But I prithee reslove me before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

You solemnly swore when I sat on your knee
That you the had a love and a kindness for me,
And if so, What's the reason I am not your Bride?
Faith these linguering Bargins I near could abide;
Let me now be resolved before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

'Tis very well known I am just in my Prime,
And to have a kind Husband I think it high time;
If at Michaelmas last [t]he good deed had been done,
I might had before now a young Daughter or Son;
Pray resolve me this Question before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

The Young Man's Answer.

S Weet Nancy , my Promise I do not forget,
But I am not resolve'd to be Marry'd as yet;
The devouring Sword now is reigning you see,
And if I to the Wars should be forced from thee;
Then thy grief, care and sorrow will daily encrease,
Therefore prithee Love stay till a flowrishing Peace.

Believe, I swear by the Powers above,
That I never will leave thee for any new Love,
My desires is that thou wilt patiently wait,
Till the Land is restor'd to a prosperous State;
If I live but till then thou shalt be my sweet Bride,
For I love non in all the whole Nation beside.


Printed for J. Deacon, at the Angel in Guilt-spur-street.

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