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  • The Beggar’s Curse

    1608

    From Lanthorne and Candlelight, by THOMAS DEKKER, ed. GROSART (1881), iii, 203:—“a canting song, wherein you may learn, how this cursed generation pray, or (to speake truth) curse such officers as punish them�?.

    The Ruffin cly the nab of the Harmanbeck,

    If we mawnd Pannam, lap, or Ruff-peck,

    Or poplars of yarum: he cuts, bing to the Ruffmans,

    Or els he sweares by the light-mans,

    To put our stamps in the Harmans,

    The ruffian cly the ghost of the Harmanbeck

    If we heaue a booth we cly the lerk.

    If we niggle, or mill a bowzing Ken,

    Or nip a boung that has but a win,

    Or dup the giger of a Gentry cores ken,

    To the quier cuffing we bing;

    And then to the quier Ken, to scowre the Cramp-ring,

    And then to the Trin’de on the chates, in the light-mans,

    The Bube &. Ruffian cly the Harmanbeck & harmans.

    The devil take the Constable’s head!

    If we beg bread, drink, bacon,

    Or milk porridge, he says: “be off to the hedges�?

    Or swears, in the morning

    To clap our feet in the stocks.

    The devil take the Constable’s ghost

    If we rob a house we are flogged.

    If we fornicate, or thieve in an alehouse,

    Rob a purse with only a penny in it.

    Or break into a gentleman’s house,

    To the magistrate we go;

    Then to gaol to be shackled,

    Whence to be hanged on the gallows in the morning,

    The pox and the devil take the constable and his stocks.

    July 14, 2009