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Broadside song whose tune was adopted by several Morris traditions.

Lyrics: Anon

Beauxing, belleing, dancing, drinking, breaking windows, damning, sinking,
Ever raking, never thinking, live the rakes of Mallow.
Spending faster than it comes, beating bawds, whores and duns,
Bacchus' true begotten sons, live the rakes of Mallow.

One time nought with claret drinking, then like politicians thinking
How to raise the fund when sinking, lives the rakes at Mallow.
One time flushed with money store, then as any poet poor,
Kissing queans and then a whore, lives the rakes at Mallow.

When at home with Daddy drinking, still for Mallow waters craving,
But with their claret plying, lives the rakes at Mallow.
Living short but merry lives, going where the Devil drives,
Keeping misses and no wives, lives the rakes at Mallow.

Racking tenants, stewards teasing, swiftly spending, slowly raising,
Wishing to spend all our days in raking thus at Mallow.
Thus to end a raking life we live sober, take a wife,
Ever after live in strife, wishing again for Mallow.

Anon
(c.1740)

The Rakes of Mallow

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