We Write no Fights of Dutch or French,
Tune is, My Dog and I :
Or, Bobbing Ione.
that are of the merry Throng;
I of no dogged nature am,
I liv'd at home, I liv'd at large,
I lov'd a maid her name was
My Dog and I have got a trick,
But if the weather prove foul and wet,
F any maiden troubled be,
If the Green-ƒickneƒs have po¤e¥,
If Women are in a di¥reƒs,
From fifteen until fifty I,
When Mars commaded, we did go,
There was a time when Rebel rout,
We night and day do take no re¥,
My living lies in every Nook,
My Dog to play the Pimp is taught,
Thus have we liv'd, thus have we lov'd,
If death do come as it may hap,
F I N I S
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The ballad "My Dog and I," according to Donald Wing, was printed in London in 1675. It was set in four columns on a single sheet, with a decorative border between each pair of columns (see facsimile). The original is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford; see 4o Rawl. 566(108) in the new Allegro Catalogue of Ballads (external new windows).
A reproduction is available on microfilm in Early English Books, 1641-1700, 1765:19. Indexed as Wing M3168A and ESTC R214289.
A reprint by John White in Newcastle-upon-Tyne has been tentatively dated by the ESTC to 1750 (ESTC T41661 and T41662); it could date from as early as 1700. See Douce Ballads 3(67a) in the Allegro Catalogue of Ballads (external new windows).
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