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Broadside ballad entitled 'Who But I Quoth Finlay'


Who but I quoth Finlay

A New Song
Much in Request
Sung with it's own proper Tune.

THere dwells a Man into thisTown,
some say they call him Finlay,
He is a brisk and able Man
O! if I knew but Finlay.

His Reputation was so great
that him I did seek after;
And when I found him did intreat
he'd tryst with me thereafter,

Quoth Finlay, if I come to you,
give me none of your ill words;
Tho I say No, to you at first,
be sure that ye come forewards.

Then promis'd he to come that Night;
and my Chamber I was keeping,
He chapped gently at the Door?
for fear I had been sleeping,

Who's that at my Chamber Door ?
and who but I quoth Finlay
Lown Carle come no farther,
indeed not I quoth Finlay.

Who's that at my Bed-side,
and who but I quoth Finlay,
Lown Carle had thee there;               
indeed not I quoth Finlay.

Of all the Men I ever did see,
there's none I love like Finlay,
He was both courteous, stout, and free,
my Heart's delight is Finlay.


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Probable date of publication: 1701   shelfmark: Ry.III.a.10(043)
Broadside ballad entitled 'Who But I Quoth Finlay'
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