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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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13     IN France when he ariued,
the heat so much perplext him, That all his Pouch did swell so much, and Poyson so had vext him.
That scarce could he cry, a Rat tat tat.
tara Rat, euer: To catch a Mouse, or to carouse, Such a Ratter I saw neuer.
14   At last, as Witches common,
must vse anothers ayding: So did this Ratter, tell the matter to another of's owne trading.
And then did he cry, a Rat tat tat. &c.
15   Who vsing many Simples,
to quench his fiery burning: Did make him daunce cleane out of France, And home hee's now returning. And still doth he cry, a Rat, i$c.
16   At Douer he ariued,
and Kent hath had his cunning: The Maydens Lappes like poysoned Rattes repent his backe-home comming. For still doth he cry, a Rat, &c.
17   At Grauesend 'mongst the Maydens,
Greene sicknesse reign'd so briefly, None could haue cure, but such as sure would take his Potions chiefly. And still doth he cry, a Rat, &c.
18   The Shippe wherein he sayled,
ere he on shore ariued, Reports him that he kild a Ratte, that nere will be reuiued.
And still doth he cry, a Rat, &c.
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