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REIGN OP QUEEN ANNE TO GEORGE II.
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The brewer brew'd thee in his pan, The tapater draws thee in his can; Now I with thee will play my part, And lodge thee next unto my heart. For 'tis O, good ale, &c.
Thou oft hast made my friends my foes, And often made me pawn my clothes ; But since thou art so nigh my nose, Come up, my friend,—and down he goes. For 'tis O, good ale, &c.
O RARE TURPIN, HERO. This is one of several ballads about Richard Turpin, the highwayman, exalting him into a hero. It is contained in a pamphlet, entitled " The Dunghill Cock; or Turpin's valiant exploits," &c, "entered according to order" at Stationers' Hall, but undated. It is entitled " Turpin's valour: to its own proper tune."
Mr. W. Harrison Ainsworth makes Turpin one of the characters in his novel of Jlookwood, and represents him as singing snatches of this ballad. It was evi­dently written in 1739, just before Turpin was executed; yet is commonly known at the present time. Charles Sloman, the comic singer, sang the ballad to me in 1840, for the purpose of having the tune noted down.
In the Kilkenny Archaeological Society's publications (new series, March, 1856 No. 2), is a ballad about Captain Freney, an Irish highwayman, which was evi­dently suggested by, and partially derived from this. The Kilkenny ballad commences—          "One morning, being free from care,
I rode abroad to take the air; 'Twas my fortune for to spy A jolly Quaker riding by :
And it's O bold Captain Freney, 0 bold Freney 0."







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