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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
A Scotch Song: ‘Jocky was a dowdy lad’
By Thomas D’Urfey (1653–1723)
 
JOCKY 1 was a dowdy lad,
  And Jemmy swarth and tawny;
They, my heart no captive made,
  For that was prize to Swaney.
Jocky wooes, and sighs, and sues:        5
  And Jemmy offers money:
  Weel, I see, they both love me—
    But I love only Swaney.
 
Jocky high his voice can raise:
  And Jemmy tunes the viol:        10
But when Swaney pipes sweet lays,
  My heart kens no denial.
Yen he sings, and t’ other strings,
    Though sweet, yet only teize me;
Swaney’s flute can only do ’t,        15
  And pipe a tune to please me.
 
Note 1. From the Campaigners, 1698. [back]
 
 
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