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To the tune of kempt and flax.
1    COme you fatall Sisters three, whose exercise is spinning: And helpe vs to pull out these thrids, for heer's3 but a harsh begining.
Oh hemp, and flax, and tow to to to, Tow to to to, tow tero. Oh hempe, &c.
2   The blinded whipper hee attends vs, if the wheele leaue turning,
And then the very Matrons lookes, turnes all our mirth to mourning.
Oh hempe and flax and Tow to to to,
tow to to to to to tero, Oh hempe &c.
3   Now for a Cup of bottle Ale, some suger-plummes and Cakes a, But neuer a client must come in, to giu's a poore pinte of Sacke4.
Heers hemp and flax and tow to to to tow tow to to to to tero. Heer's hempe and &c.
4   Besse the eldest Sister, shee
is slayned much with honour5, And one cannot endure the labour, which is thrust vpon her.
O hemp and flax and tow to to to,
Tow to to, to to tero. O hemp &c.
1 Text the the.            2 No period in text.            3 Text hee'rs.
4 Read Sacke a.            5 The n is upside down in the text.
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