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I MITATIONS

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ENGLISH POETS.

Done by the Author in his Youth.

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Yet swinken nat fans fecresie.
Thilke moral shall ye understond,
From Schoole-boy's Tale of fayre Irelond:
Which to the Fennes hath him betake,
To filch the gray Ducke fro the Lake.
Right then, there passen by the Way
His Aunt, and eke her Daughters tway.
Ducke in his Trowses hath he hent,
Not to be spied of Ladies gent.
“ But ho! our Nephew, (crieth one)
“ Ho! quoth another, Cozen John;
And stoppen, and lough, and callen out,-
This filly Clerk full low doth lout:
They asken that, and talken this,
“ Lo here is Coz, and here is Miss.
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But, as he glozeth with Speeches foote,
The Ducke sore tickleth his Erse roote:
Fore-piece and buttons all-to-brest,
Forth thrust a white neck, and red crest.
Te-he, cry'd Ladies ; Clerke nought spake:
Miss ftar'd; and gray Ducke cryeth Quaake.
“ O Moder, Moder, (quoth the daughter)
“ Be thilke same thing Maids longen a'ter ?
“ Bette is to pyne on coals and chalke,
“ Then truft on Mon, whose yerde can talke.

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