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THE COMMONWEALTH.                                                 447- .
• My father was a thrifty sir,
Till soul and body sundred : Some say he was a usurer,
"For thirty in the hundred : H( scrap'd and scratch'd, she pinch'd and
That in her body bore me; [patch'd But I '11 let fly,—good reason why,—
My father was born before me.
My daddy has his duty done, ' ■■
In getting so much treasure; I'll be as dutiful a son,
For spending it at pleasure: Five pound a quart shall cheer my heart,
Such nectar will restore me; When ladies call, make love to all,—
My father was born before me, &c.
This is the "effusion of loyal enthusiasm" -which Sir Walter Scott puts into the mouth of the worthy cavalier, Sir Geoffrey Peveril, in his novel, Peveril of the Peak. The same lines are quoted by Shadwell in his Epsom Wells, where Fribble says to the fiddlers, " Can't you sing—
' Hey for Cavaliers, ho for Cavaliers, Dub-a-dub-dub, have at old Beelzebub, Oliver quakes for fear.' "—Act v., sc. 1.               - t
The song is attributed to Samuel Butler, author of Hudibras, and is printed in

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