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John White, Printer, Rose-place,
Scotland road, Liverpool.
Never empty cradle, though you're in
With your precious burden, to be fed,
You're a precious nuisance, and you
make me swear,
Keeping me out of my snow-white bed
With her pimpled cheeks, and "Sairey
Gampy " eyes,
Nursey pursey came one winter morn,
Goading me to madness, with the 'sweet
Crowded is the cradle—twins are born.
Twins are in the cradle, making twenty
Sons and daughters making me for-
I'll go to the "Angel," and get two pen-
Crowded is the cradle—twins are born
In her shady bedroom nurse is always
All night long the fat old creature
Or she's round the corner standing glass-
Drinking till the gin and water weeps;
While the little twinses squalling more
Swell until they burst their little bed,
And one little angel wallops on the floor
Tumbles from the crad —on his head
Twins are in the cradle, making twenty-
In my side they are a dreadful thorn.
They don't sing of angels, I am blessed
Crowded is the cradle—twins are born.
Hang the blessed cradle, nearly every
Just as I get into my first snore,
Twinses with the quinsies wake me in a
Keep me up till half-past three or four
Mother sleeps in comfort, says she knows
Sees her little chicks don't come to
But poor me, the father, I get cold and
In my cradle costume—that's my
Never empty cradle, babies in galore,
Batchelors against it I would warn,
If you wed your angel you'll find it a
When you rock the cradle in the morn
Down in a dell—where I won't tell,
There lives a damsel whom I know well
Handsome and game, worthy of fame,
Solovely, bewitching,Matilda's her name
Dressing so neat, smiling so sweet,
Tripping about on her nice little feet
Throat like the swan, the whitest e,er
Lovely Matilda—sweet seventeen.
Sweet seventeen, sweet seventeen,
Lovely Matilda, the finest e'er seen ;
Eyes black as sloes, cheeks like a ros
How I love Matilda there's nobody
One sunny hour, plucking a flower,
I met this damsel, whose beauty's he
I asked if she would bestow a small bud
On one who had worshipped the ground
where she stood,
Smiling, said she, "Yes, two or three,"
A bud of pure whiteness she then gave
to me !
As an emblem of love to me they have
From lovely Matilda, sweet seventeen.
Down in the dell I ventured to tell,
My tale of love which you all know s
Drawing quite near to the dearest in lif
I whispered "My darling, will you be
my wife ? "
Of course she said ''Yes," then you may
I imprinted a kiss, I could not do less—
You all know it's nice when in love you
But no love is like that of sweet seven
Crowded Cradle Continued.
Who would be a father, when he knows
the price ?
See how soon the punishment begins.
Half-a-dozen times I've been a father
Half-a-dozen pair of healthy twins.
All my pieces spent, and all my peace is
All my friends now look on me with
Say there is no reason in such goings on
Worn out is the cradle, twins are born
Twins are in the cradle, both are in a
A "roarer" early morning to adorn.
They'd make pretty angels never sure
Were each tittle curses ever born.
IT'S Dan Magee that here you see,
And if it won't offend,
I'll sing to yon a verse or two
That I have lately pen'd ;
I'm from the dear old country,
That's Ireland, sure, I mean,
Where mirth and joy without alloy,
Is always to be seen.
I'll ne'er forget where I was born,
No matter where I roam
With thoughts still kind I'll bear in
My dear old Irish home.
Old Derry town of great renown,
Oh, how I love its name,
In days gone by its sons did die,
For liberty and fame ;
There's boys there yet who won't
Their country's cause I ween,
If Ireland calls to man her walls,
Or raise her flag of green.
It s there you'll find boys true and
Who'll take you by the hand,
And ne'er deny that they would
For dear old Ireland.
While from the girls, real Irish
With modest look and mion,
You're sure to meet a welcome sweet
In that old isle so green.
Then heres success, and may God
The land where I was born,
May trade increase, may wealth
For ever it adorn ;
I long to see her sons once free,
With weapons sharp and keen,
United stand to guard their land,
Beneath her flag of green.
Raffle Tickets 9d. per 100, Printed
at White s, 8, Rose-place, Scotland
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