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THE HONEST AGE
The Cooper, the Blacksmith the ancient translater The Copper-nos'd tinker w1 his wife y1 kind creture And y* swaggering Sowgelder & lack y4 greater eater Hath sworne to his wife that he neuer will beat her
O this is a quiet age,
This is a plane dealing age.
The Spendthrift that vsed in Tauerns to rore, With wine and Tobacco and sometimes a whore1, Say's now hee'l Hue honest and doe so no more. If he haue spare money hee'l giue it to the poore,
O this is an honest age.
This is a plaine dealing age.
All this honest company which I haue nam'd, I trust will like of it I shall not be blam'd, For this rare new Ditty in loue I haue fram'd, I know no plaine dealing man will be asham'd,
To heare of this honest age,
This is a plaine dealing age.
Thus here you see honesty flyes vp and downe, through Citty, through Country through Village &
Town Amongst other vertues it merits renown, By this for example that it may be knowne,
That this is the honest age,
The best and honestest age.
L.P.
London, Printed for H.G.
1  Text apparently whoroe.
2  No period in the text.
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