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The Dorset-shire DAMOSEL:
OR,
Young NANCY at her last Prayer.
Containing her earnest request to Ralph the Miller, to be satisfied whether he would have her or no: Concluding
with his kind answer. To the Tune of, Fond Boy, etc. Or, Love's a sweet Passion, etc.

IN Dorset-shire lived a young Miller by Trade,
Who had courted sweet Nancy an innocent Maid;
Full a Twelvemonth or more he had kept her in hand;
She went to him at last that she might understand
What he meant by his fooling and serving her so:
Prithee tell me, quoth she, if you'll have me or no?

When first you came to me, How kind was you then?
You would give me sweet Kisses a hundred and ten,
Nay, and told me that you did my Beauty adore,
Yet you have not been with me this two Months or more;
Therefore pray now resolve me before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

Whenever I came with my Grist to your Mill
You would always be kissing and courting me still,
I could ne'er be at rest and at quiet for you;
I appeal to your Conscience if this be not true,
Therefore pray now resolve me before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

I Bought you a Cravat to go to a Feast,
One that cost Half-a-crown, or two Shillings at least,
And besides that I gave you three Ells of good Linnen
For to make you a Shirt, of my Mother's own Spinning;
Therefore prithee resolve me before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

There's Roger would have me, and calls me his Dear;
He has got an Estate of ten Shillings a year,
Besides forty good Shillings and five in a Purse,
Therefore don't spoyl my Fortune and hinder me thus,
But he pleas'd to resolve me before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

You told me last Easter you'd make me your Bride,
Wherefore new Knots and Favours I strait did provide,
Yet you ne'er came a near me till now June the third;
E'ry honest Man would be as good as his Word:
But I prithee resolve me before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

You solemnly swore when I sat on your knee
That you then had a love and a kindness for me,
And if so, What's the reason I am not your Bride?
Faith these lingering Bargins I near could abide;
Let me now be resolved before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

'Tis very well known I am just in my Prime,
And to have a kind Husband I think it high time;
If at Michaelmas last the good deed had been done,
I might had before now a young Daughter or Son;
Pray resolve me this Question before I do go,
Whether you do intend for to have me or no?

The Young Man's Answer.
SWeet Nancy, my Promise I do not forget,
But I am not resolv'd to be Marry'd as yet;
The devouring Sword now is reigning you see,
And if I to the Wars should be forced from thee;
Then thy grief, care and sorrow will daily encrease,
Therefore prithee Love stay till a flourishing Peace.

Believe me, I swear by the Powers above,
That I never will leave thee for any new Love;
My desires is that thou wilt patiently wait,
Till the Land is restor'd to a prosperous State;
If I live but till then thou shalt be my sweet Bride,
For I love none in all the whole Nation beside.


Printed for J. Deacon, at the Angel in Guilt-spur-street.

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