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THE CHEATING AGE
As I for to heare him amazed did stand, But he in the Tauerne me pull'd by the hand. For this is the cheating Age, &c.
4 When each one had tasted a cup two or three, What knowledge of Country and kindred had wee, How bountifull Bacchus with vs did agree,
That ne're till this houre did each other see. For this is the cheating Age, &c.
5 He askt my affaires? I made him reply:
And tolde him my comming was wit for to buy: (Quoth he) I'le befriend you with that presently, He vnlatcht a window that Westward did flye. For this is the cheating age, &c.
6 Then straight a strange whistle he to the street sends, Audaciously blowne from his Theeues fingers ends, The Drawer runs vp, sayes, there's some of your friends Hath call'd for some wine, and your comming attends.
For this is the cheating Age, &c,
7 He cheard me, and tolde me, for them he had sent: Should teach me wit gratis ere homeward I went: But I ne're misdoubting, the Knauery he meant, Haue swallow'd a baite which hath made me repent.
For this is the cheating Age, &c.
8 Up straight comes a Roarer with long shaggy lockes, New broke out fro Newgate, the Cage, or some Stocks Or else from the Spittle, halfe cur'd of the Pox,
But I'le carefull be, least he pepper my box. For this is the cheating Age, &c.
9 This totterd grim Rascall amaz'd me to heare, The terrible oathes which for nothing he sware, With that stampt his foote, and straightway did appeare Such horrible faces that made me to feare.
For this is the cheating age, &c.