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The Modes of the Court

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The Modes of the Court
(John Gay)

The modes of the court so common have grown,
That a true friend can hardly be met.
friends    for interest is but a loan
Which they let out for what they can get.

     'Tis true, you find
     Some friends so kind
     Who will give you good counsel themselves to defend.
     In sorrowful ditty
     They promise, they pity
     But shift you, for money, from friend to friend.

From The Beggar's Opera, Gay
tune: Liliburlero
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