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SEAMEN'S WIVES VINDICATED 145
THE SEAMEN'S WIVES' VINDICATION; OR, AN ANSWER TO THE PRETENDED FROLICK WHICH WAS SAID TO BE BY THEM OVER A BOWL OF PUNCH.
You writ that we drank liquor free, but for your writing so
You are to blame—nay, blush for shame—since it was nothing so.
To the Tune of 0 so ungrateful a creature.
Why does the poets abuse us, we that are seamen's poor wives ? Have they not cause to excuse us, knowing our sorrowful lives ? We are, alas ! broken-hearted, as we can very well prove, When from our joys we are parted, those loyal husbands we love.
You that declare we are jolly do but abuse us, we find, For we are most melancholly, always tormented in mind: While that our husbands are sailing on the tempestuous seas Here we are sighing, bewailing ; nothing affordeth us ease.
Here you have newly reported that we are girls of the game, Who do delight to be courted. Are you not highly to blame, Saying we often are merry, punch is the liquor we praise, Though we are known to be weary of these our sorrowful days ?
How could you say there was many wives that did drink, rant, and
sing, When I protest there's not any of us that practice this thing ? Are we not forced to borrow, being left here without chink ? 'Tis in a cup of cold sorrow if we so often do drink.
Tho' we have little to nourish us while our husbands are there, Merchants in London they flourish through their industrious
care. They are the stay of the nation, men of undaunted renown; Why should a false accusation run the poor seamen's wives
Saying we swallow'd our liquor with a great gossipping crew, Making our tongues to run quicker then they had reason to do ? Thus they would blast all our glory by the soft wits of their
brains. He that invented that story was but a fool for his pains.