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A P P L I C A T I O N,
Written long after the T A L. E.

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To the Tune of, King John and the Abbot of

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And thus Matthewsaid, Look you here, my friend John, I fairly have travel'd years thirty-and-one ; And, though I still carry'd my Sovereign's warrants, I only have gone upon other folks errands.

And now in this journey of life I would have A place where to bait, 'twixt the court and the grave; Where joyful to live, not unwilling to die— Gadzooks I have just such a place in my eye.

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But Matthew thought better: for Matthew thought
right,
And hired a chariot fo trim and fo tight,
That extremes both of winter and summer might pass:
For one window was canvass, the other was glass.

Draw up, quoth friend Matthew ; pull down, quoth
friend John,
We shall be both hotter and colder anon.
Thus, talking and scolding, they forward did speed;
And Ralpho pac’d by, under Newman the Swede.

Into an old inn did this equipage roll,
At a town they call Hodson, the sign of the Bull,
Near a Nymph with an urn, that divides the high-way,
And into a puddle throws Mother of Tea.

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