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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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For certaine tell, that all is well,
and bid them banish feare; Say, Courtiers are honest,
they lead vertuous Hues, The one by the other louingly thriues, And all haue gi'n ore
to wrong Citizens Wiues.
6    THe Country large, maintain their charge
and good Hospitality vse, The Farmers bate of their hie rate,
and do great Measures choose; The Land-lords they, at Quarter day
doe Fines or Bribes refuse; The poore well are clothed,
and victuals haue store, The trades ar increasd which late did deplore, And Constables scorne
for to fauour a Whore.
7   A Soldier true, come ouer new,
may quietly to his friends passe, Without being staid, no wayes are laid,
by any inquisitiue Asse, And Carriers sing, they'l neuer bring
London a broken Glasse; The Knights and the Gentry,
each keeps his house, The neighbors welcome to Brawn & Souse, And Beggers so proud,
that they all hate a Louse.
8   All Citty Dames maintaine their fames,
their pride they doe impayre, The rich each day their money lay, Pauls Steeple vp to reare;
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