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Magdalene College - Pepys
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THE Deceitful Merchant: OR, The Waterman's Daughter's Wrongs redress'd by Fortune'[s] Favours, after strange and wonderful Adventures. To the Tune of, The Jealous Lover. Licensed according to Order.

A Waterman near Gravel-lane,
He had a Daughter named Jane,
Whose wit and beauty did excel,
Most Ladies that in London dwell.

Since with her Friends it was but low,
She would abroad to Service go;
And while she did in Service stay,
A Merchant courted her each day.

The Maiden modestly reply'd,
Kind Sir, I am not qual[i]fy'd
For such a worthy Match as you,
Who may have wealth and beauty too.

Yet what she said was but in vain,
His constant suit he did maintain,
Till he her yielding heart betray'd,
And then he left this vertuous Maid.

Though faithful Love was rooted deep,
Said she, I will my counsel keep,
For why the World shall never know
That I have been deluded so.

O cruel Wretch! what hast thou done?
My yielding heart too soon you won,
now nought but ruine can I see,
Alas! what will become of me?

N[o]w void [o]f all the thoughts of fear,
The Seas I'll range both far and near;
And if kind Death his Dart should send,
I will account him as my Friend.

This said, without the least delay,
She sold her silken robes that day,
And cloath'd herself fit for the Seas,
Thereby to set her Heart at ease.

Thus like a proper Youth she went
With a firm resolution bent,
To seek a Captain, which she found
Hoisting up Sail, and outward bound.

He entertain'd her as a Youth,
And never knew the naked truth,
Till they were home return'd again,
Tho' eighteen months they sail'd the Main.

While they were out, it was their chance
To meet a Privateer of France,
Loaded with Plate and Golden o'er,
Which they had took not long before.

The Captain chas'd this Privateer,
And at the length he came so near,
That he his roaring Guns did play,
And straight began a bloody fray.

The Damsel then, in Seaman's dress,
Did valliantly these words express,
Let's pour them in a new broad-side,
And it will soon subdue their pride.

The Cannons then like thunder roar'd,
And brought their Main-mass to the board,
Becoming Masters of the same,
Like brave heroic lads of fame.

It was a sweet and pleasant sight,
To view the Gold and Silver bright:
The Captain said unto his Boy,
this litte Box thou shalt enjoy.

'Twas fill'd with precious Stones indeed,
Things which the Captain did not heed;
He minded more the Gold and Plate,
But Jane by this was fortunate.

This done, they straight did hoist up Sail,
Attended with a pleasant gale,
For London City straight they stear,
With chearful hearts and merry chear.

Jane took her Box and went on shore,
Disguis'd as she had been before,
Where she her Jems and Jewels sold,
For full three thousand Pounds in Gold.

Her former Love soon heard the news,
And he would fain his faults excuse;
Once more he came and courted her,
But, she said, I defie you Sir.

False Love, said she, farewel, adieu,
A better Man by far then you,
Henceforth shall never flatter me,
Since I have gain'd my liberty.

London: Printed for C. Bates, at the sign of the Sun and Bible, in Pye-corner.

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