Song LXXV., pp.329-330.

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HE that will not merry merry be, 

With a generous bowl and a toast, 

May he in Bridewell be shut up, 

And fast bound to a post: 

Let him be merry merry there

And we’ll be merry merry here; 

For who can know where we shall go

To be merry another year? 

– 

He that will not merry merry be, 

And take his glass in course, 

May he b’ oblig’d to drink small beer, 

Ne’er a penny into his purse; 

Let him be merry, &c. 

– 

He that will not merry merry be, 

With a comp’ny of jolly boys, 

May he be plagu’d with a scolding wife, 

To confound him with her noise; 

Let him be merry, &c. 

– 

He that will not merry merry be, 

With his mistress in his bed, 

Let him be buried in the church-yard, 

And me put in his stead: 

Let him be merry, &c. 

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