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A pretty new Ditty:
OR,
A young Lasses Resolution, As her mind I truly scan,
Who shews in conclusiion, She loves a handsome young man.
To the tune of I know what I know.

YOung Maids and young Men
I pray you give eare,
And with hand and pen
Ile plainly declare,
Of a Maids resolution
which to love is won,
And in the conclusion,
Shell have a handsome young man.

Quoth shee, I am young,
and now in my prime,
Though some stay too long,
yet Ile lose no time:
I will have some pleasure
as soone as I can,
What care I for treasure.
Ile have a handsome young man.

Some Maidens are coy,
and strange in their carriage,
And scorne to enjoy
a neat young man in marriage:
Some wed for money,
and some wed for Land;
But Ile chuse a honey,
Shall be a handsome young man.

I have knowne some Maids
that have denied men,
And afterwards glad
to obtaine them agen:
They will not, and will,
thus will they withstand:
But ile use my skill
To have a handsome young man.

Some happily will
conjecture of mee,
That I desire still
to live wantonly:
No, I am a Lasse sure,
that live unwedded can,
And much will endure
For a handsome young man.

I would have you know,
that I am not so base,
Nor shall our sex so
by mee have disgrace.
No, I have some treasure
beside house and Land.
Therefore ile have pleasure
With a handsome young man.

The man that ile chuse
Shall be of good size,
Yet ile none refuse
if that he be wise:
With handsome complexion,
neat foot, leg, and hand:
This is my affection
To have such a man.

If I wed a foole
with great store of treasure,
Then heel pine and whule,
and debar me of pleasure:
Heel tell mee of fine Gownes,
Kertles, Maske and Fan;
For a thousand pounds
Ile not wed such a man.

The second part, To the same tune.

ANd further than that,
If I wed with a clowne,
Heel answer me What,
and with anger heel frowne:
Then must I beware,
perchance with his hand
Heel strike me oth eare:
But ile have no such man.

And many there are,
that are somewhat jealous,
But ile have a care,
and match no such fellowes;
Their wives neere to men
must not sit nor stand,
But their heads ake then,
oh hang up such a man.

Loe thus I have showne
the conditions of some;
But none can be knowne
till to tryall they come:
And I am inclined
as soone as I can,
For to be joyned
With a handsome young man.

Some Maidens doe chuse
for to have Tradesmen.
And some will refuse
them as much agen.
But for my owne part,
as at first I began,
I love with my heart
a handsome young man.

Let him be a Taylor,
or a neat Shoo-maker,
A Weaver or Glover,
a Brewer or Baker:
Be he neat or comely,
my love is soone won,
For my mind is onely
Of a handsome young man.

If that he be gallant,
or meane in apparell;
If his looks be valiant,
to maintaine his quarrell,
Then shall he be welcome
unto pretty Nan,
For I am delightsome
To a handsome young man.

I passe not what name
hee is called by,
If that I can frame
to love him truly,
Either Dicke or Robin,
Humphrey, Will, or John,
Any one me shall win
Thats a handsome young man.

And thus I conclude,
and here end my Song,
Let none thinke me rude,
nor large of my tongue:
For I am intended
as first I began,
Then let me be friended
With a handsome young man.


Printed at London for Henry Gosson. FINIS.

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