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COURTIERS, COURTIERS, THINK NOT IN SCORN. This song is found in broadsides, with music, about the date of 1695. The first stanza only of the words is printed in the New Academy of Complements, 1694 and 1713.
State and pomp no happiness brings, A lower place more joys doth prove ;
For Lords and Ladies, Princes and Kings, With all on a level are in love.
And pretty brown Mary, making hay, Hath charms as killing, killing, killing,
Always as killing charms as they.
Content's the thing that mortals doth bless, And better far than a golden mine ;
In Mary I the world possess, And at no other's lot repine.
Sweet Mary to me in careless hair
Has treasures far more taking, taking,
Than they that tow'rs and di'monds wear.
This tune is contained in Walsh's New Country Dancing Master. It seems to have been made out of Come, sweet Lass, ante p. 600.
There were formerly several places of public amusement called New Wells in the vicinity of London : New Wells at Richmond, 1698 to 1760 ; New Wells at Islington, 1712 to 1740; New Wells " near the London Spaw," Olerkenwell, 1739-40 ; and New Wells at the bottom of Leman Street, Goodman's Fields.

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