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The Plough Boys (from Tollerton, Nottinghamshire) 1950
Play from Brattleby, Lincolnshire, 1894

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Line The Plough Boys (from Tollerton, Nottinghamshire) 1950 Play from Brattleby, Lincolnshire, 1894
1. in comes i bold tom in comes bold tom a brisk and noble fellow
2. good evening ladies gentlemen all  
3. we have just come to taste your wine and beer we have come to make you merry forty gallons of your best ale will make us nice and mellow
4. stoke up your fires turn on your lights  
5. and see our galland act tonight  
6. some can dance some can sing some can whistle and some can sing
7. at your consent they shall come in by your consent they will come in
8. okum pokum france and spain hookam spookam spankam and spain
9. in comes the recruiting sergeant on his name in comes the sergeant of the same
10. in comes i the recruiting sergeant i have arrived here just now in comes i the recruiting sergeant arriving here just now
11. i have orders from the king enlist all young men that follow horses cart waggon or plough i have come to list all those who can follow horse cart or plough
12. tinkers tailors peddlers nailers all the more to my advance tinkers tailors peddlers nailors all at my advance
13. the more i hear the fiddle play the better i can dance  
14. what you dance yes my advance is to see a fool dance
15. yes i can either dance sing or say if you can either dance sing or say either dance sing or play
16. i will quickly walk away or i will shortly mardi away
17. in comes i the farmer s man  
18. don t you see my whip in hand  
19. as i go forth to plough the land and turn it upside down  
20. how straight i go from end to end  
21. and never make a baulk or bend  
22. and all my horses i attend  
23. as they go marching round the bend  
24. whoa back bob  
25. behold the lady bright and gay good fortune and sweet charms i am a lady bright and fair my fortune is my charms
26. how scornfully i have been thrown away out of my true love s arms it s true that i have been borne away out of my dear lover s arms
27. he says as i won t to him wed he ll let me understand he promised for to marry me as you will understand
28. he will list all for a soldier and go into some foreign land he listed for a soldier and went into a foreign land
29. come all you lads that have a mind for listening come my lads it s time for listing
30. list and do not be afraid listing do not be afraid
31. you shall have all kinds of liquors you shall have all kinds of liquor
32. likewise kiss this fair pretty maid likewise kiss the pretty maid
33. are you willing to serve the king young man  
34. thanks kind sergeant for your offer  
35. time away does quickly pass  
36. the health and wealth does very well suit me  
37. but i m in love with this buxom lass  
38. this buxom lass she will not maintain you her beauty it will fade away  
39. like the first rose of summer in the winter does become  
40. ten bright guineas shall be your bounty if along with me you will go  
41. your hat shall be neatly trimmed with ribbon  
42. you shall cut a gallant show  
43. are you free able and willing to serve your king  
44. yes sergeant  
45. in you hand i place this shilling  
46. on your hat i place this ribbon  
47. you are a king s man  
48. and since my love has listed and entered volunteers  
49. i neither mean to sigh for him or yet to shed one tear  
50. i neither mean to sigh for him but just to let you know  
51. i will get another sweetheart and along with him i ll go  
52. do you love me my pretty fair maid  
53. yes tommy to my sorrow  
54. and when shall be our wedding day  
55. tommy dear tomorrow  
56. and we ll shake hands and we ll make banns  
57. and we ll get wed tomorrow  
58. in comes i dame jane with a neck as long as any crane in comes i lame jane with a neck as long as a crane
59. bibble babble over the meadows  
60. a long time i have sought thee and now i have got thee  
61. pray tommy take thy child  
62. child jinny it s not my child look at it it s not a bit like me  
63. look at its nose eyes and chin  
64. it is as much like you as ever it can grin  
65. who says so  
66. the overseer of the parish pump said i was to bring it to the biggest fool in the house  
67. and i think you are he  
68. thank you jinny  
69. in come i old threshing blade as all you people know  
70. my old dad learnt me this trade just sixty years ago  
71. i thrashed old bony part and all his crew  
72. and i will thrash you before i go  
73. you won t  
74. i will  
75. o murphy murphy what hast thou done  
76. thou hast killed and slain thy n only son  
77. thy n only son thy n onle heir  
78. can st thou not see him bleeding there  
79. five pounds for a doctor five pounds for a doctor
80. ten pounds for him to stay away ten to stop away
81. fifteen pounds for him to come fifteen he must come on a case like this
82. if there is one to be found anywhere  
83. well there is  
84. well step in doctor  
85. whoa boys whoa boys take hold of my horse  
86. mind it does not swallow you  
87. in comes i the doctor in comes the doctor
88. what you the doctor  
89. yes me the doctor  
90. how became you to be a doctor how came you to be a doctor
91. by my travels  
92. where did you travel  
93. italy ireland germany france and spain  
94. thirteen times round the world and back again  
95. what as far as that  
96. yes a great deal further than that  
97. also two two miles yon side of york  
98. where i cured an old woman called mrs cork  
99. she tumbled upstairs with a tea pot half full of cold boiling water  
100. and grazed her shin just below the elbow  
101. and made her stocking top bleed  
102. also to my old grandmother s cupboard i travelled for it from bedside to fireside and from fireside to my mother s cupboard
103. where i always used to get a piece of cake and pork pie that s where i get all my pork pies and sausages from
104. that s what makes me such a fine big man  
105. fine big man you are  
106. yes as big as two men in this room  
107. my own size particularly when i get my hat off  
108. what great pains do you cure doctor what pains can you cure
109. ipsy pipsy polsy gout ypsy pipsy palsy and gout
110. pains within and pains without pains within and pains without
111. draw a leg set a tooth  
112. physic cats poison rats  
113. almost bring a dead man to life again high raise the dead to life again
114. but i haven t done that yet  
115. you seem a clever old chap doctor  
116. i wish you would try your skill on this young man  
117. by your leave sir i will  
118. here pretty lady take hold of this hat stick and walking gloves yes certainly take hold of my bottle and stick
119. while i feel this man s pulse while i feel this man s pulse
120. pulse man the pulse doesn t lie there is that where a man s pulse lies
121. where tommy where would you feel  
122. you feel the bridge of the neck and the back of the nose of course  
123. that s the hardest and softest part about him yes it is the strongest part of a man s body
124. this man is not dead he is in a trance he is not dead but in a trance
125. he has been trying a new experiment  
126. what is that doctor  
127. he has been living on green raw boiled potatoes  
128. nine days all but a fortnight  
129. also swallowed his old grandmother s donkey and cart and couldn t digest the wheels he s swallowed a cart and horse and can t get rid of the wheels
130. oh i have a box of pills here  
131. by the way doctor what pills do you carry  
132. these pills are anti billious pills  
133. take one at night and one in the morning  
134. and swallow the box at dinner time  
135. if the pills do not digest the box will  
136. oh i have another box here  
137. what does that box contain doctor  
138. stilts for shrimps  
139. crutches for lame grasshoppers  
140. spectacles for blind bumble bees  
141. and many other things i cannot mention just now  
142. inside my inside trousers waistcoat pocket that i have left at home  
143. i have a bottle of whiff whaff  
144. to teem down his old tiff taff  
145. if you can dance we can sing  
146. arise old chap and let s begin  
147. good masters and good mistress as you sit around your fire good master and good mistress as you sit round your fire
148. remember us poor ploughboys who plough through mud and mire remember us poor plough lad boys who plough the muck and mire
149. the mire it is so very deep the water runs so clear  
150. put your hands into your pockets that is all that we desire  
151. put bread into our hoppers and beer into our cans  
152. let s hope you will never forget the jolly old farmer s man  
153. good masters and good mistress you see our fool has gone good master and good mistress you ll see our fool s gone out
154. we make it our business to follow him along we make it our ability to follow him about
155. we thank you for civility and what you gave us here we thank you for your civility and what you have given us here
156. we wish you all goodnight and another happy year we wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year
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