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ROUND, BOYS, INDEED
7   We scorne such cheating knaues and queanes,1
round boyes rounds Which doe not Hue by honest meanes,
round boyes indeed, When theues & whores to tyburne pack
wele drink strong beere good ale and sack, The gentle Craft did neuer lacke,
for money to serue their need.
8    OFie vpon the cursed crew, round boyes rounds
We doe defie the cursed crew,
round boyes indeed, The gallowes take that wicked crue,
that will not keepe them iust and true, And pay to euery man his due,
and haue money to serue their need.
9   The shirking rooke and base decoy,
round boyes round, Our company shall not inioy,
round boyes indeed, But with those men of good report,
that lead their Hues in honest sort, A Iugg or two will make vs sport,
we haue money to serue our need.
io The smith, the weauer, and the tayler,
round boyes round, The feriman and the iouiall sayler,
round boyes indeed, The mariner and souldier bold,
are in the booke of fame inrold,2 That ventured haue their Hues for gold
and money to serue their need.
1 No comma in the text.            2 Text has a period.
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