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REIGN OF QUEEN ANNE TO GEORGE .II.
Site. No! I am a lady gay,
It is very well known I may
Have men of renown,
In country or town ; So, Roger, without delay,
Court Bridget or Sue,
Kate, Nancy, or Prue, Their loves will soon be won ;
But don't you dare
To speak me fair,
As if I were
At my last pray'r, To marry a farmer's son.
He. My father has riches in store, Two hundred a year, and more;
Besides sheep and cows,
Carts, harrows and ploughs : His age is above three-score ;
And when he does die,
Then merrily I Shall have what he has won ;
Both land and kine,
All shall be thine,
If thou'lt incline
And wilt be mine, And marry a farmer's son.
She. A fig for your cattle and corn ! Your proffer'd love I scorn. 'Tis known very well My name it is Nell, And you're but a bumpkin born. He. Well, since it is so,
And I hope no harm is done.
Farewell! adieu !
I hope to woo
As good as you,
And win her, too, Though I'm but farmer's son.
She. Be not in such haste, quoth she, Perhaps we may still agree;
For, man, I protest
I was but in jest; Come, prythee, sit down by me :
For thou art the man
That verily can Win me, if e'er I'm won :
Both straight and tall,
Genteel with all,
Therefore I shall
Be at your call, To marry a farmer's son.
He. Dear Nelly, believe me, now, I solemnly swear and vow,
No lords in their lives
Take pleasure in wives Like we that do drive the plough:
Whatever we gain
With labour or pain We don't after harlots run,
As courtiers do;
And I never knew
A London beau
That could out^do A country farmer's son.
Away I will go,
COME, JOLLY BACCHUS. In the second volume of The Dancing Master, this tune is called " Frisky Jenny, or The tenth of June ;" in the third volume it is again printed under the title of " The Constant Lover." In Walsh's Lady's Banquet it appears as " The Swedes Dance at the new Playhouse;" in The Devil to pay, and The Rival Milliners, or The Humours of Covent Garden, as " Charles of Sweden;" and in The Beggar's Wedding as " Glorious first of August." The song of Come, jolly Bacchus, by the name of which it is now best known, was written to the tune in Tite Devil to pay. The following ballads and songs were also sung to it:— 1. On the taking of Portobello in 1739, entitled " English Courage display'd: Or brave news from Admiral Vernon. To the tune of Charles of Sweden." Contained in The Careless Batchelor's Garland. It is a long ballad of eleven stiinzas, commencing thus:—
" Come, loyal Britons, all rejoice, with joyful acclamation, And join with one united voice upon this just occasion. To Admiral Vernon drink a health, likewise to each brave fellow, Who with that noble Admiral was at the taking of Portobello."