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IT IS BAD JESTING WITH A HALTER
And by their Roking cunning
poore Ale-wiues oft deceiue: For meate and drinke, and lodging,
and doe their charges saue: These were no such they would keepe tutch,
& pay their shot though ne'r so much, To gaine the loue of poore and rich,
their fauour still to haue. They were three lusty Souldiers, &c.
3   Also three iouiall Saylers,
vnto these Soldiers came, And brought with them two Taylors,
but none of them He name: And brought with them a fellow,
a Butcher and a Baker, But all this time to make them euen
did want the neat shooe-maker: , Quoth one of them I haue a friend,
and he dwells here fast by, A shooe-maker lets for him send
he is good company, They were three lusty Souldiers, &c.
4   He will sing and be merry,
drinke and pay his share, We wish then said his neighbors all
that now we had him here: They for him sent, incontinent,
he came and gaue them good content, And was so full of merriment,
he pleas'd them all were there. They were three lusty Souldiers, &c.
5   For nothing there was wanting
that might giue them content, They merry were, and made good cheere and liberally they spent,
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