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The Old Quaker
From the Rowell manuscript.
1    "O where are you going, you sober old Quaker? Hi-hum for toddy O.
where are you going, you sober old Quaker? Hi-hum for toddy O." 1
2    "I am a-courtmg some fair creature. Ha, ha, ha, ha!
And can you tell me how to win her? Ha, ha, ha, ha!"x
3    "Tell her that you truly love her, That you'll die before you leave her."
4   "I had a ring worth forty shilling,
And thou can wear it if thou are willing."
5   "I want none of your rings or money;
1 want a man that will call me honey."
6   "I call you honey and dearie
If thou wilt be my charming Mary."
7   "I knew that that would be the fraction, For that is just a Quaker's actions."
8   "If thou didst know how I did love thee, Thou wouldst not so answer me."
9   "Go away, you sober old Quaker, For I'm a jolly Prespertain."
10   "I'll be a Prespertain; I'll be of thy religion."
11    "I would not have you in my church, sir, For you wear a dirty shirt, sir."
1This refrain is repeated in alternate stanzas.

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