both Wealthy and Fair,
Whom every Town Fop is purブing,
Still of your Purテs and Perバns take care,
the greate･ deceit lies in Wooing :
From the fir･ Rank of the bonny bｰiヌ パarks,
their Vices I here will diツover,
Down to the baテ･ mechanick Degree,
that バ you may chooテ out your Lover.
Fir･ foｰ the Courtier look
to his E･ate,
But above all the rank Citizens
Let no パｰuce Officer keep
you in awe,
like the Plague from the huffing bｰave Boys,
Neither admire much a Man that
But if you'd thｰive, and grow
wealthy a[nd wiテ,]
L O N D O N:
Printed for J. Back, at the Black
Draw-Bridge on London-Bridge.
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The ballad "Advice to the Ladies" was printed in London between 1686 and 1688, during R[ichard] P[ohock]'s term as Surveyor of the Press (1685-88). The broadside is by Thomas d'Urfey, but was published anonymously. For a response in the same vein, see the companion piece "Advice to Young Gentlemen." A second response is found in "As I was Rambling near Temple-Bar." For subsequent versions, see ESTC T68171 / N16946 / N13406 / N7150 (possibly by Defoe) and the response ESTC N25328; cf. also ESTC N65806 (attributed to Swift).
The original broadside is at the British Library; a reproduction is available on microfilm in Early English Books, 1641-1700, Tract supplement A5: 2. The last two verses have truncated lines - my additions (in square brackets) are pure guesswork - and the fourth woodcut (not included) is cropped; see facsimile. Indexed as Wing D2697A and ESTC R227904.
The ballad was reprinted in Thomas D'Urfey's A Compleat Collection of Mr. D'Urfey's Songs and Odes, published in London in 1687 by Joseph Hindmarsh. The edition is slightly different from the broadside and lacks the last three verses. It is now found at the Trinity College Library, Dublin; a reproduction is available on microfilm in Early English Books, 1641-1700, 1382: 8. Indexed by Wing D2716 and ESTC R28248.
"the basest mechanick Degree": small tradesmen and craftsmen were called mechanics. back
Close-Stool: a stool holding a chamber pot. back
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