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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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Pepys, i, 210, B.L., four woodcuts, four columns.
The date of the ballad is not later than 1625. This is a jig without a dramatic plot. There are only two characters, but the lines afford ample opportunity for humorous action, and in the mouths of clever actors and dancers can easily have furnished a comic and enjoyable entertainment. I can find no trace of the tune.
To the tune of Twenty pound a yeere.
1   Iohn NOw welcome neighbour Rowland,
From London welcome home, What newes is there I pray you ?
From thence I heare you come. Row. The best that ere you heard,
Youle say't when I you shew. Iohn. I hardly can beleeue it,
Tis too good to be true.
2   Row. The Lawyer in his pleading
to gaine giues no respect, Though Clients haue no mony,
he doth not them neglect: But truly pleades their cause,
of these there be not few. Iohn. I neuer will beleeue it,
Tis too good to be true.
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