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THE FAMOUS RAT-CATCHER
2    Upon a Poale he carryed
Full fourty fulsome Vermine: Whose cursed Hues without any Kniues, To take he did determine.
And still would he cry, a Rat tat tat, tara Rat, euer, &c,
3   His talke was all of India,
The Voyage and the Nauie: What Mise or Rattes, or wild Polcats: What Stoates or Weesels haue yee: And still would he cry, a Rat, &c.
4   He knew the Nut of India,
That makes the Magpie stagger: The Mercuries, and Cantharies, With Arsnicke, and Roseaker.
And still would he cry, a Rat, &c.
5   Full often with a Negro,
The Iuice of Poppies drunke hee: Eate Poyson franke1 with a Mountebanke, And Spiders with a Monkie.
And still would he cry, a Rat, &c.
6   In London he was well knowne:
In many a stately House He layd a Bayte; whose deadly fate, Did kill both Ratte and Mouse. And still would he cry, a Rat, 6?c.
7   But on a time, a Damosell,
did him so farre intice, That for her, a Baite he layd straight, would kill no Rats nor Mice. And still would he cry, a Rat, &c.
1 ranke S.
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