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Seldome cleanely:
OR,
A merry new Ditty, wherein you may see,
The tricke of a Huswife, in every degree:
Then lend your attention while I doe unfold,
As pleasant a story as you have heard told,
To the tune of, Upon a Summers time.

DRaw neere you Countrey Girles,
and lissen unto me,
Ile tell you here a new conceit
concerning Huswifery,
concerning Huswifery,

Three Aunts I had of late,
good Huswifes all were they:
But cruel death hath taken
the best of them away,
O the best of them away.

O this was one of my Aunts,
the best of all the three:
And surely though I say it myselfe
A cleanly woman was she,
A cleanly woman she she.

My Uncle carelesse was,
in wasting of his store:
Which made my Aunt to have a care
To looke about the more,
To looke, etc.

When Winter time drew on,
neere to Allhollon day:
My Aunt did cast her wits about
To save her Straw and Hay,
To save, etc.

And like a provident woman,
As plainely did apeare:

She starvd her Bullockes to save her Hay,
Untill another yeare,
O this was one of my Aunts,
the best of all the three,
And surely though I sayt my selfe
a provident woman was shee.

But as shee went to see
her cattell in the fields:
When shee comes home two pound of durt,
Hang d[r]agling at her heeles,
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

And there shee let it hang
from Candlemas till May:
And then shee tooke a hatchet in hand,
And chopt it cleane away,
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

In making of a cheese
my Aunt shewed her cunning:
Such perfit skill shee had at will,
Shee never used running,
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

For having strained her milke,
in turning once about,
Shee had the best curd that ever you saw,
By the sent of the strayning clout,
O this was one of my Aunts,
the, etc.

The second part, To the same tune.

SHee was the choysest Nurse,
that lived in all the West:
Her face was white as the charcoale flower,
So was her neck and brest,
O this was one of my Aunts,
the best of all the three
And surely though I sayt my selfe,
a cleanly good Nurse was she.

The garments which she did weare,
did shine like the brazen Crock
And where shee went she bore such a sent,
That the flyes blew in her frock,
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

My Aunt so cu[r]ious was,
as I to you may tell:
She used to make fat puddings,
In markets for to sell
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

The smallest candles end,
my Aunt would never loose:
It would helpe to make her puddings fat,
With the droppings of her nose,
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

Another trick she had,
as I shall now declare,
Shee never swept the house,
About foure times a yeare,
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

And when shee swept the Hall,
the Parler or the Spence:
The dust was worth to her at least,
A shilling or 14. pence
O this was one of my Aunts,
the, etc.

One day my Aunt was set
by the fier side a spinning:

As she knew well what was to doe,
To wollen or to linnen,
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

A change came in her minde,
her worke being in great hast:
She burnd her Tow her Wheele and all,
Because she would make no wast,
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

My Aunt so patient was,
of this I dare be bold
That with her neighboures shee
Was never knowne to scold,
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

Her lips with lothsome words,
Shee seldome would defile:
But sometimes she would whisper so loud,
You might heare her half a mile,
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

Yet one condition more,
unto you I will show:
Shee washt her dishes once a moneth,
and set them on a row,
O this was one of my Aunts, etc.

If otherwise she had,
but of a dishclout saile,
She would set them to the Dog to lick.
and wipe them with his tayle.
O this was one of my Aunts, etc,

But to conclude in hast,
I hold it not amisse:
I love a cleanly huswife well,
As may apeare by this,
O this was one of my Aunts,
the best of all the three
And surely though I sayt my selfe,
a cleanely woman was she.


L.P.
FINIS.
London Printed for John Wright junior, dwelling at the upper end of the Old Bailey.

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