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VI. THE JOLLY BEGGARS
229
Tune : Jolly Mortals, Jill your glasses [Ritson's English Songs, 1783.]
See the smoking bowl before us,
Mark our jovial, ragged ring! Round and round take up the chorus,
And in raptures let us sing,
Chorus. A fig for those by law protected! Liberty's a glorious feast! Courts for cowards were erected, Churches built to please the priest I
What is title, what is treasure, What is reputation's care?
If we lead a life of pleasure, Tis no matter how or where!
With the ready trick and fable Round we wander all the day;
And at night, in barn or stable Hug our doxies on the hay.
Does the train-attended carriage Thro' the country lighter rove ?
Does the sober bed of marriage Witness brighter scenes of love ?
Life is all a variorum,
We regard not how it goes ; Let them cant about decorum,
Who have character to lose.
Here's to budgets, bags, and wallets!
Here's to all the wandering train ! Here's our ragged brats and callets!
One and all, cry out,'Amen '!
A fig for those by law protected!
Liberty's a glorious feast! Courts for cowards were erected,
Churches built to please the priest!






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