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ROUND, BOYS, INDEED
dite) has been dead so long "without the meed of some melodious tear." He exclaims:
•Samuel                                        Ye glorious *three
"      Who grasp the Poles of Star-crown'd Poesie;
Hum-        Has som Cask-piercing** Youth poison'd your wine
Crowch     With wicked Lathe? Did you ever dine
Law-         On Turnep-tops, without or Salt, or Butter,
Wee         That amongst all your Canzonets, or clutter
••Drawer     You fail'd to mention this deceased Robbin,
b™!.         It seems you ne'r-quaft Nectar in his Noggin, As I have done.
The passage is all the more interesting in that allusions to Crouch and Smithson are as rare as are allusions to Price.
I HEre we are good fellowes all,
round Boyes round: Attendance giue when we doe call,
round boyes indeed. Since we are here good fellowes all,
drinke we must and worke we shall. And worke we will what ere befall,
for money to serue our need.
1 We get our liuings by our hands, round boyes round,2 Then fill vs beare at our commands, round boyes indeed,
1 Text has a comma.            2 No comma in the text.
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