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A Caveat for Young-men,
OR,
The Bad Husband turned Thrifty.
This Caveat may serve both for Old and Young,
For to remember that Old Age will come,
If you these Verses do but mind and read,
I hope hereafter you will take better heed,
This song it was set forth and pend,
On purpose that bad Husbands should amend,
Therefore bad Husbands mend your lives,
And be more kinder to your Wives.
To the Tune of, High Ho my Hony.

ALL you young Ranting Blades
that spends your time in vain,
Remember that old age,
you cannot it refrain,
And whilst that you are young
this caveat take of me,
Be ruled by no tempting tongue,
to bring you to povertie.
I have been a bad Husband long,
and have spent store of silver and gold,
Yet now Ile save something whilst I am young,
to keep me when I am old.

I had good store of means,
and I liv[]d most gallantly,
But yet upon Whores and Queans,
I spent it by and by
My Hostiss she was full of laughter,
so long as I had money good store,
But my children must drink fair Water,
whilst I in the Ale-house roar,
I have been, etc.

My Wife would me intreat,
the Ale-house to refrain,
Then I with anger great,
made answer straight again,
If you begin to scold,
then I shall bang your coat,
What Woman her tongue can hold,
when a man swallows all down his throat
I have been, etc.

My children and I may sit,
until we starve and pine,
Whilst you your guts full get,
of Tobacco, Bear and Wine,
Half that you spend in vein,
and mearly throw away,
Our family would maintain,
and our House-Rent it would pay,
I have been, etc.

But yet Ide not be ruld,
by these words she hid say,
Myself I often foold,
which brought me to decay:
I no sooner had sold a Cow,
but straight to the Ale-house I run,
My Hostiss unto me would bow,
until all my money was gone,
I have been, etc.

Sheed chock me under the chin
and perhaps give me a kiss,
As Venus drew Adonis in,
my Hostiss sheed never miss,
Sheed tell me it was too early,
or else it was too late,
Untili by the Oil of Barley,
they had gotten my whole estate,
I have been a bad Husband long,
and have spent store of silver and gold,
Yet now Ile save something whilst I am young
to keep me when I am old.

The second part to the same Tune

THus day and night I ranted,
and no company did refuse,
Whilst my Wife and children wanted,
I did myself abuse,
I could not scarce afford,
my children cloaths to wear,
Nor my Wife one good word,
such was her greivous care,
I have bee a bad Husband long,
and have spent store of silver and gold,
Yet now Ile save something whilst I am young,
to keep me when I am old.

The more my wife did speak,
the worser I would be,
Ide drink till my brains did ake,
onely to anger she,
So long as I had a penny,
Ide never give out for gaine,
But since I have found by many,
a good fellows a costly name.
I have been, etc.

At last I did perceive,
my state was almost gone,
Then it was time to leave,
and some words I thought upon,
I went unto an Ale-house,
where all my quoin I drownd
In company with good fellows,
I had [s]pent a hundred pound,
I have been, etc.

I then these words replyed,
Hostiss monies I have none,
A flagon she me denyed,
and bid me straight be gone,
What will you not trust me a flagon,
these words replied I,
No quoth she not a Nogging
if you should starve and die.
I have been, etc.

I then went sithing home,
and a vow straight way did make,
They should sit whilst day it Doomd,
before one penny of me should take,
I a new life [w]ill now begin,
the Alwives shall sit like elves,
They shall both Card and Spin,
or else go hang themselves,
I have been, etc.

Now I all men advise,
this Caveat think upon,
Be ruled by your Wives,
for Old age it will come,
If they know you have money,
the Ale-wives with you will cranck,
Theyl suck you as bees suck honey,
then hang you behind your back,
I have been, etc.

Therefore in time be ruled,
save something whilst you have it,
Be no Ale-wives be not fooled,
and then repent too late,
For when that all is gone,
and you have but little stock,
If to the Ale-Wives you make moan,
they will you but Jear and mock,
I have been a bad Husband long,
and have spent store of silver and gold,
Yet now Ile save something whilst I am young
to keep me when I am old.


FINIS.
By John Wade.
London, Printed for John Andrews at the
White-Lyon neer Py-corner.

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