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Cluster of Nuts In Liverpool there lived a merchant A wealthy merchantman He had a handsome prentice boy As ever the sun shone on cho: Singing fal de lal lal de ral li gee o Fal de ral lal de ral li gee o He was proper tall and handsome And everything being right Said he could sleep with a pretty girl And kiss her twelve times a night His mistress being standing by And hearing him say so She says, Jack I'll hold a wager That you don't perform it so Five pounds is the wager And twelve times is the bet And I myself will be the judge When we are both in bed His master being from home that night And everything being right He slipped into bed to his mistress And kissed her twelve times that night One of them being drowsy Which there was no virtue It caused his mistress for to say The wager I did win If I didn't win the wager As I suppose you'd like I'll leave it to my master When he comes home at night Be off you saucy fellow Would you let your master know? Indeed upon my honour ma'am I do intend it so When his master came home that night And at his supper sat Says Jack unto his master Sir, I'm like to lose a bet As your wife and I was walking Down by the greenwood side And I upon your mare's back A cluster of nuts I spied I said there were twelve of them She said there were eleven Then I shoved them in her apron And there were five and seven Five and seven is a dozen As I've heard people say So Jack you won the wager And your mistress must you pay His mistress being standing by And hearing him say so She clinked down the wager And was glad to get off you know When his master is from home She continually stuffs his guts And she claps him on the shoulder Saying Jack remember the nuts! from Sedley, Seeds of Love Collected from William Bartlett of Dorset Mid 19th century broadside SOF
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