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This edition comprises the catch in both abbreviated and fully written-out formats.

Akeroyd was a Yorkshireman (according to Sir John Hawkins) removed to London, whose songs and theatre airs were printed in many collections from the 1680s to the 1720s.

Lyrics: Anon

Tinking Tom was an honest man
Tink a tink tink,
And a man of bonny mettle;
He dext'rously could clink the pan,
Clink a clink clink,
And stop a hole i' th' kettle.

To him did my lady's maid advance
"Come in thou man of mettle,
A sad mischance, a sad mischance,
Here's a hole in my lady's kettle".

Tom went hamm'ring on the place
And wrought like a man of mettle;
But when he had done, 'twas all a case
There's a hole in my lady's kettle.

Samuel Akeroyd
(fl.1685 - 1705)

Tinking Tom was an honest man

(T.T.T.)

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