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308                                  ENGLISH SONG! AND BALLAD MUSIC.
'Twill make a man indentures make,
'Twill make a fool seem wise, 'Twill make a Puritan sociate,
And leave to be precise: 'Twill make him dance about a cross,
And eke to run the ring too, Or anything he once thought gross,
Such virtue hath old stingo.
'Twill make a constable oversee
Sometimes to serve a warrant, 'Twill make a bailiff lose his fee,
Though he be a knave-arrant; 'Twill make a lawyer, though that he
To ruin oft men brings, too, Sometimes forget to take his fee,
If his head be lin'd with stingo. 'Twill make a parson not to flinch,
Though he seem wondrous holy, And for to kiss a pretty wench,
And think it is no folly; 'Twill make him learn for to decline
The verb that's called Mingo, 'Twill make his nose like copper shine,
If his head be lin'd with stingo.
'Twill make a weaver break his yarn,
That works with right and left foot, But he hath a trick to save himself,
He'll say there wanteth woof to't; 'Twill make a tailor break his thread,
And eke his thimble ring too, 'Twill make him not to care for bread,
If his head be lin'd with stingo.
'Twill make a baker quile forget
That ever corn was cheap, 'Twill make a butcher have a fit
Sometimes to dance and leap; 'Twill make a miller keep his room,
A health for to begin, too, 'Twill make him shew his golden thumb,
If his head be lin'd with stingo. Twill make an hostess free of heart,
And leave her measures pinching, 'Twill make an host with liquor part
And bid him hang all flinching ; It's so belov'd, I dare protest,
Men cannot live without it, And where they find there is the best,
The most will flock about it.

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