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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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4   The wench that cries the Kitchin stuffe,
I maruell what she ayles1: She sings her note so merry,
but she has a dragle taile, An empty Car came running,
and hit her on the bum, Downe she threw her greasie tub,
and away that2 she did run.
5   But she did giue a3 blessing,
to some but not to all: To beare a loade to Tyburne,
and there to let it fall, The miller with4 his golden thumbe,
and his dusty5 necke: If that he grind but two bushels,
he needs must6 steale a peck.
6   The Weauer and the Tayler,
cozens they be sure: They cannot worke but they must steale
to keepe their hands in vre, For it is a common prouerbe,
throughout all7 the towne, The Taylor he must cut three sleeues,
for euery womans gowne.
7   Marke but the Water man,
attending for his fare: Of hot and could, of wet and dry,
he alwaies takes a8 share. He carrieth bony lasses,
ouer to the plaies, And here and there he gets a bit,
and that his stomake staies.
1 Read with C. ayle. 4 and C. 7 C. omits.
2 straight C. 5 dirty C. 8 his C.
3 her C.
6 must needs C.
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