To Young Gentlemen ;

OR, An Anヘer to the LADIES of LONDON.

To the Tune of,  The Ladies of London.       This may be Printed, R. P.
Ll Jolly Blades that Inhabit the Town,
  And with the fair Sex are contriving,
From the Gay Fop, to the hone・ bーed Clown,
    be advis'd to reバlve again・ Wiving ;
Let not a pーoパect of Pleaブre delude,
    where バ many Plagues are attending,
Foー 'tis the Nature of Wives to Obtrude,
    and Miテries heap without ending.

Fir・, have a care of the Lady pーeciテ,
    who exclaims again・ Drinking and Roaring,
That pーivately turns up the White of her Eyes
    and in publick abominates Whoーing
But if you Coach her a mile out of Town
    and quote her but Solomon's Vices ;
With a ネight trip you may tumble her down,
    though テeming ドe mode・ly nice is.

Let no City-Girl your freedom beguile,
    ドee'l cheat you with mode・ behaviour,
Who ナts like a Rabbit tru・ up foー to boil,
    and ヘears ドe's a Maid by her Saviour :
But if you cunningly manage your Plot,
    you'l quickly be admitted under ;
Her coy behaviour will バon be foーgot,
    ドee'l bーeath out her Soul in a ネumber.

The Widdow avoid where Pollicy lurks
    pーetending to act by her Conツience
That's black as the Devil and large as a Turk's
    ドee'l teaテ you to Death with her Nonテnテ :
But if you love her and long foー a Bout,
    you ne'r mu・ ・and mincing the matter,
Bーuド her with Jollitry bーiヌly about,
    and down with your Bーitches and at her.

Let not the Country wench that is coy,
    inナnuate into your favour
Foー when ドe knows what it is to enjoy
    ドe quickly will change her behaviour :
Turn an inヂtiate Miピ of the Town,
    to purchaテ Gallants ドee'l endeavour ;
Pawn from her Carcaテ her Paragon Gown
    to maintain the curteous Pleaブre.

But if your Vigoー a Wife doth require
   and will not admit of foーbearing ;
Any may テrve foー to quench your deナre,
   the's no Barrel the better Herring.
When you have ty'd the true Lovers Knot
   'tis one of the Curテs depending
To Father a bーood you never half got,
   without any further contending.

When the Wifes bーought a Bed, lea・ the Cucko grow in,
   the Midwife ドe makes an Oration,
And cryes the pooー Infant is バ like the Dad
   'tis woーthy of your Obテrvation ;
Whil・ the good Woman is pleaテd in her heart
   to hear them バ Err in their chatting,
Knowing her Huッand and ドe was a-part
    when Bully, the Boy was a getting.

Now how to avoid バ heavy a Curテ,
   I do like a Bーother adviテ ye,
Never to take her foー better foー woーテ,
   if you do, by my troth you'r a Niテy,
Foー you without may get her conテnt
   and ne'r make half that Puther
Then when ドe's falテ, oー her Poーtion is パent
   you may change and make choice of another.

L O N D O N.

Printed for J. Back, at the Black Boy near
Draw-Bridge on London-Bridge.


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Textual Notes

The ballad "Advice to Young Gentlemen" was printed in London between 1685 and 1688. 
It responds to Thomas D'Urfey's anonymously issued "Advice to the Ladies of London" by the same printer [1687?]. The original is at Oxford's Bodleian Library; a reproduction is available on microfilm in Early English Books, 1641-1700, 339: 27 and Women Advising Women 5. 3: 3. Indexed as Wing A666 and ESTC R56. For the layout, see the facsimile, recto and verso

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