When Philomel begins to sing,
the grasse growes green and flowres spring,
Me thinks it is a pleasant thing
to walk on Primrose hill.
Maides, have you any Connie-skins
To sell for Laces or great Pinnes ?
The Pope will pardon veniall sinnes :
Fresh fish and newes grow quickly stale :
Some say good wine can nere want sale,
But God send poore folkes Beere & Ale
enough untill they die.
Most people now are full of pride,
The Boy said no, but yet he lyde,
His Aunt did to the Cuck-stoole ride
Within our Towne faire Susan dwells :
Sure Meg is poyson'd, for she swells.
My friend, pull off your bozzard's bells,
and let the haggard fly.
Take heed you play not at Tray-trip,
Shorte heeles forsooth will quickly slip,
The beadle makes folke with his whip
Come, Tapster, tell us what's to pay,
Iane frownd and cryde, " Good Sir, away !"
She tooke his kindnesse, yet said " nay,"
as Maidens vse to do :
The man shall have his Mare agen,
When all false knaues proue honest men,
Our Sisly shall be Sainted then,
The Butcher with his masty Dog,
At Rumford you may buy a Hog,
I' faith Raph Goose hath got a clog,
his wench is great with childe.
In pillory put the Baker's head
For making of such little bread,
Good conscience now-a-dayes is dead,
The Cutpurse and his Companie,
Theeues finde receivers presently ;
Shun Brokers, Bawdes and Vsury,
for deare of after-claps.
Lord, what a wicked world is this,
The stone lets Kate, she cannot pisse ;
Come hither, sweet, and take a kiss,e
In Bath a wanton wife did dwell,
She had two buckets to a well,
Would not a dog for anger swell,
to see a pudding creepe ;
The Horse-leach is become a Smith,
When halters faile, then take a with :
They say an old man hath no pith,
Simon doth suck up all the egges,
Franke neuer drinks without nutmegs,
And pretty Parnell shewes her legs,
as slender as my waste :
When faire Ierusalem did stand,
The match is made, giue me thy hand,
Maulkin must have a cambrick band,
The cuckow sung hard by the doore,
Gyll brawled like a butter-whore,
Cause her buckeheaded Husband swore
the Miller was a knave.
Good Poets leaue off making playes,
Let players seek for Souldiers' payes,
I doe not like the drunken fraies
Now Roysters spurs do gingle braue,
Iohn Sexton play'd the arrand knaue
To digge a coarse out of the grave
and steal the sheet away.
The wandring Prince of stately Troy,
Greene sleeves were wont to be my ioy,
He is a blinde and paultry boy,