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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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15   THat 's the fat foole of the Curtin,
and the leane foole of the Bull: Since Shanke did leaue to sing his rimes,
he is counted but a gull. The players of2 the Banke side,
the round Globe and the Swan, Will teach you idle trickes of loue,
but the Bull will play the man.
16   But what do I stand tattling,
of such Idle toyes: I had better go to Smith-field,
to play among the Boyes, But you cheating and decoying3 Lads,
with your base Art-tillery: I would wish you shun4 Newgate,
and withall the Pillery.
17   And some there be in patcht gownes,
I know not what they be: They pinch the simple5 Contry men,
with nimming of a fee. For where they get a booty,
theyle make him pay so deere, Theyle entertaine more in a day,
then he shall in a yeere.
18   Which makes them trimme vp houses,
made of brick, and stone: And poore men goe a begging, when house and land is gone.
1  None of this title is in C. Text has a comma after cheere and tune.
2  on C           3 deceiving C.           * to shun C.           5 C. omits.
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