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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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Some there be with both hands1 will sweare they will not dally,
Till they haue turnd all vpside2 downe, as many3 vse to salley.
19   You Pedlers giue good measure,
when as your wares you sell: though your yard be short your thum wil slip,
your trickes I know full wel, And you that sel your wares by waight,
and Hue vpon the trade: Some beames be false, som waits to light
such trikes there haue bin plaid.
20   Buy smale Coles, or great Coles,
I haue them one my backe: The Goose lies in the bottom,
you may heere the Ducke cry quacke, Thus grim the blacke Colyer,
whose liuing is so loose, As he doth walke the comans ore,
sometimes he steales a goose.
21    Thou Usurer with thy money bags,
that liueth so at ease: By gaping after gould thou doest,
thy mighty God displease, And for thy greedy vsur[ie]4
and thy great extortion: Except5 thou doest repent thy sinnes,
hel fire wilbe thy portion.
22   For first I came to Hounds-dich,
then round about I crept6: Where cruelty is7 crowned chiefe, and pitty fast a sleepe,
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