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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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Panders, Foysters, and roring boyes, The Pimps and all such others.
To the hemp and flaxe & Tow to to to,
To the hempe, &c.
16   Cutpurse boyes shall grow to strength, For labours best befitting:
Play the beetles out at length, Unlesse youle goe to whipping.
To the hemp and flax and Tow to to to,
To the hempe, &c.
17   Pads and Prancers run and ride, Decoyes come shew your cunning: Make hast to bring the cards and dice, Your labours worth the running.
Fleer's hemp and flaxe and tow to to to, fleer's hemp, &c.
18   Worke apace for Wine and Capon, And good cheere growes scanty: Now the beetles grow the weapon, Our fares not halfe so dainty.
Heer's hemp and flaxe and tow to to to, Heere's hemp.
19   Sisters what thinke you that we, Do second out your labours, When we meet abroad againe,
I display the double coulours.
O hempe and flaxe and tow to to to, O hempe, &c.
20   Lastly to amend the matter, Shew your shoulders printed: Weele shew as faire and if not better, For so it is appointed.
At hempe and flaxe and to to to to,
At hemp and flaxe and tow to to to, &c.
Printed at London for H.G.
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