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74
SONGS, ETC.
HINTS TO NORTH COUNTRY ANGLERS
IN CHOOSING A WIFE.
(an old ballad.)
Northumberland lads, who use the gads,
And female affiance must share; If you wish to wed, betroth to bed,
One called with caution and care.
Knight of the flee, give ear to me,
The country I've scann'd around ; So, from the mass, select a lass,
Where beauties and virtues abound.
The lasses of Tweed are daft indeed,
There garlands give such grace; The lasses of Till, are sprightly still,
In figure, and fashion, and face.
The lasses of Bremish, look rather squamish,
Embellished with elegant ease ; The lasses of Ale, for plumage prevail,
These pomp and appendages please.
The lasses of Aln, obey fashion's call, when
A princess precribes a new dress ; The lasses of Reed, each hair-braids her head,
And apes a-la-mode to excess.
The lasses of Wansbcck, like dignihed dames deck,
And their address quite deboniar ; The lasses of Pont, though pronounced paramount,
Can scarce with these comets compare.
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