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Our liuings we get by our hands, as plainly you may vnderstand,
Whilst many gallants sell their land, for money to serue their need.
3   We set our stitches iust and straight,
round boyes rounds And doe our worke without deceite,
round boyes indeed, Tho Munday Sundayes fellow be,
when tuesday comes to worke fall we And fall to worke most merrily,
for money to serue our need.
4   The titles which our trade adorne,
round boyes round, Shoemakers sonnes were princes borne,
round boyes indeed, For kind S Hughe and Crispins sake,
a merry day we meane to make, And after to our tooles betake,
for money to serue our need.
5   And if our Master angry seeme,
round boyes round, We little doe of that esteeme,
round boyes indeed, S. Hughs bones vp we take in hast,
both pinsers, punching alle and last, The gentle Craft was neuer disgrast,
they haue money to serue their need.
6   If we want cash ouer night,
round boyes round, We shall not long be in that plight,
round boyes indeed, Next day ere morne God will vs send,
if wee to worke our humour bend, And merry make each friend with friend
with money to serue our need.
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