Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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A London lad I was,                                                   5
A merchant's prentice bound; My name George Barmvell; that did spend
My master many a pound.
Take heed of harlots then,
And their enticing trains;                                    10
For by that means I have been brought
To hang alive in chains.
As I upon a day
Was walking through the street, About my master's business,                                      is
A wanton I did meet.
A gallant dainty dame
And sumptuous in attire; With smiling look she greeted me,
And did my name require.                                     20
Which when I had declar'd,
She gave me then a kiss, And said, if I would come to her
I should have more than this.
" Fair mistress," then quoth I,                                  a
" If I the place may know, This evening I will be with you;
For I abroad must go,
" To gather monies in,
That are my master's due:                                    ao
And ere that I do home return
111 come and visit you."

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