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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Sally Sweetbread’s Soliloquy
By Henry Carey (1687?–1743)
(Sung by Mrs. Roberts in the character of a Butcher’s Wife)

  NOW ye good man’s from home,
I would cast away care;
  And with some brisk Fellow,
Steal out to the Fair;
  But some are too bashful,        5
And others too bold
  And Women’s intentions,
Are not to be told.
  But could I once meet
With a Spark to my mind,        10
  One fit to be trusted,
I then might prove kind;
  With him I’d steal out
And we’d range the Fair round,
  Both eating and drinking        15
The best could be found.
  O there I should see
All the Gentlemen Rakes,
  And hear the sweet cry
Of Bear, Ale, Wine and Cakes;        20
  While I in blue Apron
And clean Linen Gown;
  Do allure the fine Sparks
From the Flirts of the Town.
  There’s Fielding and Oates,        25
And there’s Bullock and Hall
  A Pinchbeck and Fawks
And the Devil and all:
  I’d have the best places,
I’d see ev’ry Sight;        30
  And wanton in pleasure,
From Morning till Night.
  Then home got secure
E’er my Husband comes back,
  And cry most demure        35
“What d’ye buy, what d’ye lack?”
  What tho’ I’ve been cheery,
Gallanted, and kissed?
  No harm to my Deary,
If nothing is missed.        40

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