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THE FAMOUS RAT-CATCHER
8   And on the Baite she nibled,
so pleasing in her taste, She lickt so1 long, that the Poyson strong, .did make her swell i'th waste. And still would he cry, a Rat, &c.
9   H[e sujbtilely2 this perceiuing,
to the Country straight doth hie him: Where by his skill, he poysoneth still, such Vermine as come nie him. And still would he cry, a Rat, &c.
10   He neuer careth whether
he be sober, lame, or tipsie: He can Collogue with any Rogue, and Cant with any Gipsie.
And still would he cry, a Rat, &c.
11    He was so braue a bowzer,
that it was doubtful whether He taught the Rats, or the Rats taught him to be druncke as Rats, togeather. And still would he cry, a Rat, &c.
12   When he had tript this Hand,
from Bristow vnto Douer, With painefull Bagge and painted Flagge, to France he sayled ouer.
Tet still would he cry, a Rat tat tat, Tara rat, euer, &c.
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