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WHIPPING CHEER
5   Garden-allies cleare are swept, Hog-laine laments a little:
Our tinder boxes ouer our heades, were broken at the Spittle:
Heer's hemp and flax and tow to to to,
tow to to to to to tero. Heer's hempe &c.
6   If the London Prentises,
And other good men of fashion: Would but refraine our companies, Then woe to our occupation.
Then hempe and flaxe and tow to to to
Tow to to to to tero. Then hempe, &c.
7   O you lusty Roring Boyes, Come shew your brazen faces: Let your weapons turne to beetles, And shoulder out some of these lashes.
At hemp and flaxe and tow to to to, Tow to to to to to tero, At hemp, &c.
8   Gold and siluer hath forsaken, Our acquaintance cleerely: Twined whipcord takes the place, And strikes t'our shoulders neerely.
Heer's hempe and flax and tow to to to, Tow to to to to tero1. Heere's hemp, &c.
9   You Punkes and Panders euery one, Come follow your louing sisters:
In new Bridewell there is a mill, Fills all our hands with blisters.
And hempe and flax and, tow to to to to tero.2
io If the Millers art you like not, to the hempe blocke packe yee:
1 Text telo?            2 Text has a comma.
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