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  • A Leary Mot

    c. 1811

    (A broadside ballad.)

    I

    Rum old Mog was a leary flash mot,

    and she was round and fat,

    With twangs in her shoes, a wheelbarrow too,

    and an oilskin round her hat;

    A blue bird’s-eye o’er dairies fine—

    as she mizzled through Temple Bar,

    Of vich side of the way, I cannot say,

    but she boned it from a Tar—

    Singing, tol-lol-lol-lido.

    II

    Now Moll’s flash com-pan-ion was a Chick-lane gill,

    and he garter’d below his knee,

    He had twice been pull’d, and nearly lagg’d,

    but got off by going to sea;

    With his pipe and quid, and chaunting voice,

    “Potatoes!�? he would cry;

    For he valued neither cove nor swell,

    for he had wedge snug in his cly

    Singing, tol-lol-lol-lido.

    III

    One night they went to a Cock-and-Hen Club,

    at the sign of the Mare and Stallion,

    But such a sight was never seen as Mog

    and her flash com-pan-ion;

    Her covey was an am’rous blade,

    and he buss’d young Bet on the sly,

    When Mog up with her daddle, bang-up to the mark,

    and she black’d the Bunter’s eye.

    Singing, tol-lol-lol-lido.

    IV

    Now this brought on a general fight,

    Lord, what a gallows row—

    With whacks and thumps throughout the night,

    till “drunk as David’s sow�?—

    Milling up and down—with cut heads,

    and lots of broken ribs,

    But the lark being over—they ginned themselves

    at jolly Tom Cribb’s.

    Singing, tol-lol-lol-lido.

    July 14, 2009