TOBIA'S ADVICE, Or, A Remedy for a ranting Young-Man.

VVhile you are single you take but little care,
Therefore I say better you married were,
Perhaps there's some at this will make a Jest,
But I say still a married Life is best.
Therefore young-men take this Advice of me
Better take one than run to two or three.
Tune of, Daniel Cooper.
ON May morning as I walkt forth,
I to my self was musing;
Though [...] I what a fool am I intruth
that I so long am chusing,
For Maids enough are to be had,
I to my self was thinking,
Sure I will have one good or bad,
to keep me out of drinking.
Yet some there be have said to me,
a single life is gallant;
But where is he that I can see
that lays up any Talant?
They'l say we'l live so all our life,
for marriage we'l prevent it;
But where is he without a wife
that can live well contented.
For marriage is a thing ordain'd
and what man can deny it?
If my true-love doth constant prove,
I am resolv'd to try it:
He that doth live a single life,
I count a simple action,
But if you get a loving Wife,
that will be satisfaction.
I pray observe what I do speak,
you'l say these lines are witty;
How many hearts you cause to break
in Country, Town and City,
And then you think to cast it off,
and turns it to a laughter;
You think that you do well enough,
but pray mark what comes after.
When I was young I did the like,
then I was brisk and bonny;
Sometimes walk abroad all night,
and so spent all my money,
But now I see it's vanity,
i'le strive for to prevent it,
I'le go no more to seek a Whore,
I'm with my wife contented.
All you stand by I ask you why
that Marriage should be slighted;
Sure you may say as well as I
youngmen are over-sighted:
But here you run and there you run,
and count your selves brave fellows,
But if that One you had at home,
she'd keep you from the Alehouse.
A youngman said that he would wed
but he aim'd at promotion;
He fain would have a wife in Bed,
but not without a portion:
I call'd him fool unto his face,
I did not like his speeches;
Said I, take thou a virtuous Lass,
she's better far than Riches.
If once you get a loving mate,
and you abroad are ranting,
You'l think why shall I stay out late,
my wife she finds me wanting;
I will haste home unto my choice,
she shall not for me tarry:
And if you will take my advice,
I think it good to marry.
And then you may live happily
be but a little thrifty;
Sure if you spend your time away
till you do mount to fifty,
And then a wife you chance to have,
you may become a Father;
You'l say what money might I have sav'd,
had I been married rather.
And so I bid you all adieu,
I hope you don't deny me,
I do not speak to you or you,
but all that stand here by me,
It's but a penny once your life,
the Ballad's ready for ye;
And so I wish you a good wife
when that you chance to marry.

Printed for P. Brooksby in Py-corner.

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