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FOURPENCE HALFPENNY FARTHING
She swore to me, that neuer she, Would haue perform'd the bargin,
her meaning was,
to make him an Asse, for joure -pence halfe penney farthing.
8   And truely I, thinke verily,
in that she did dissemble: Poore Fellow hee, At sight of mee,
began to quake and tremble. His sword I found, upon the ground, With which I did reward him, with a knocke or twaine, twas all his gaine, for joure pence halfe penny farthing.
9   When I had beate him with 's own weapon,
and might haue run him thorow, To th'1 Alehouse we, Did goe all three,
to drinke away all sorrow. The honest Lasse, most willing was, To call her whole reward in. and freely spent, with merriment, her foure pence halfe penny farthing.
10 And he likewise, was not precise, but, (as it seemed) willing, To call for drinke, As much I thinke
as came vnto a shilling. I would haue paid but he denaid, And thus I got by th'1 bargin, good sport and drinke, which makes me thinke of foure pence halfe penny farthing.
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