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ROUND, BOYS, INDEED
11    The carpenter we daily see,
round boyes rounds The mason and bricklayers be,
round boyes indeed, The1 Costerdmonger will not shrinke,
he is noe niggard of his chincke, But with boone blades will sit & drinke
when he of it hath need.
12   The maltman and the baker stout,
round boyes round. Will with the brewer haue aboute,
round boyes indeed, The tapster may not loose his share,
though barly broth be nere so deare, Hele giue his friend a iugg of beare,
if that he stand in need.
13   The butcher if he be a drie,
round boyes round, Hele keepe good fellowes company,
round boyes indeed, The tanner when he comes to towne,
weighs not the spending of a crowne, Amongst his chapmen up and downe,
he hath money to serue his need.
14   All those good fellowes which are nam'd
round boyes round, Within this song I here haue fram'd,
are round boyes indeed, The gentle Craft doth beare good will,
to all kind hearted tradesmen still, That keepe the prouerbe to fullfill,
a penny to serve their need.
1 The T of this word was dropped in printing to the he of the following line.
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