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Fair Maid of Islington or LONDON VINTNER OVER-REACHED There was a fair maid of Islington As I heard many tell And she was going to Londontown Her pears and apples to sell As she was going along the road A vintner did her espy And what shall I give, fair maid, Says he, One night with you to lie? If you would lie with me one night You must give me five pound. A match a match, the vintner said And so let this go round. When he had lain with her all night Her money she did crave. O no, O no, the vintner said The devil a penny you'll have. This maid she made no more ado But to the justice went: This vintner hired a cellar of me And will not pay the rent Then straight the justice for him sent And asked the reason why That he would pay this maid no rent To which he did reply Although I hired a cellar of her And the possession was mine I ne'er put anything into it But one small pipe of wine This fair maid being ripe of wit She straight replied again There lay two butts at the cellar door Why did you not roll them in? The justice told the vintner plain If he a tenant be He must expect to pay the price For he could not sit rent-free And when the maid her money got She put it in her purse . And clapped her hand o'er the cellar And swore it was never the worse. from Sedley Seeds of Love tune: Sellinger's Round or Caper and Ferk It tune by William Byrd in 17th century text from 1744 broadside SOF
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