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National Library of Scotland - Crawford
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The true Lovers Admonition.
Of all the Colours in the world,
the black hair is the best,
Though fair & brown may be well curl'd
yet black exceeds the rest:
That is the colour I do prize,
and love beyond all measure,
She that hath black Hair and black eyes,
esteem her as a treasure.
The Tune is, So Sweet is the Lass that Loves me,

YOu pretty little young men all,
come listen to my Ditty,
Beware how you in love do fall
I'd have you wise and witty:
But whensoe're you make a vow
besure you do not break it,
For there be fair Young Maids enough,
that willingly will take it.

Let me a little you advise,
that when you go a wooing,
You may chuse one that's fair and wise,
least it be your undoing:
The Lass that hath a rouling eye,
will vow and quickly break it
Though she at first seem to deny,
I'le warrant thee boy shee'l take it.

Do not thou chuse a long-nos'd Lass,
for she's inclin'd to scolding
And be to thee a plague alas!
be not to her beholding:
What though she store of money hath,
you'd better take one naked,
Not one in twenty that draws breath,
but will go near to take it.

And she that is splay-footed too,
i'de have thee not to mind her,
But chuse you one that's fair and true
if you know where to find her:
For here and there you'l find one fair,
will vow and will not break it
Not one in ten I say agen,
but will go near to take it.

The Carrot pate besure you hate,
for she'l be true to no man,
But put her too't and she will do't,
and oft turns very common:
She that is red upon the head,
will doubtless ne'r forsake it,
But wanton be, assuredly,
and willingly will take it.

She that hath hair that's bright and fair,
will do the trick most neatly,
Of her i'de have you have a care,
least she cheat you compleatly:
Then do not try, for certainly,
if you but at her shake it,
She will conclude you are not rude,
but freely she will take it.

The Crump, the Hopper-arse and all,
will make you no denial,
They willingly will take a fall,
if you come to the tryal:
You'ld find that I speak merrily,
by no means will forsake it,
It is well known there's few or none,
but willingly will take it.

The old, the young, the weak, the strong,
full easily are tempted,
They will not be perswaded from,
nor from it be exempted:
Then have a care all colour'd hair,
will right and reason make it,
To use their own, since it is known
that more or all will take it.

But let me not forget to praise,
the Glory of the Nation,
For there is none that now adays,
are free from Loves temptation:
Except it be the black, & she,
hates Lust and will forsake it,
She'l live & die contentedly,
and never mind to take it.

Except it be with her own Dear,
and then she'l ne'r deny it,
To trade a touch, then theres no fear,
but she'l resolve to try it
And willingly she will comply
though't were to lye stark naked,
For 'tis well known, that with ones own,
it is no shame to take it.

Then you that do Wooing go,
be by a friend advised,
For why, good counsel you do know,
too often is dispised,
Take some girls by the Petticoat,
& do but gently shake it,
Then presently she will plainly show't
thet merrily she will take it.

And now for to conclude I say,
you ought for to be careful,
That you throw not your selves away,
then be exceeding fearful:
Try but the black how she doth smack,
she'l vow & ne'r will break it,
First do her wed, then go to Bed
and I warrant she will take it.

Printed for P. Brooksby at the Golden Ball in Pye-Corner.

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