The Old Woman's Wish

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The Old Woman's Wish
Originally written [c. 1684]

[A Broadside Song; music in Ptih to Purge Melancholy (1707), iii. 10 1].

As printed in the 1897 National Ballad and Song by John S. Farmer.

As I went by an Hospital,
I heard an Old Woman cry,
Kind Sir, quoth she, be kind to me,
once more before I Die,

And grant to me those Joys,
that belong to Woman-kind,
And the Fates above reward your Love,
To an old Woman Poor and Blind.

I find an itching in my Blood,
altho' it be something Cold,
Therefore Good Man do what you can,
to comfort me now I'm Old.

And Grant to me those Joys, &c.

Altho' I cannot see the Day,
nor never a glance of light;
Kind Sir, I swear and do declare,
I honour the Joys of Night:

Then grant to me those Joys, &c.

When I was in my Blooming Youth,
My vigorous Love was Hot;
Now in my Age I dare Engage,
A fancy I still have got:

Then give to me those Joys, &c.

You shall miss of a Reward,
If Readily you comply ;
Then do not Blush but touch my flesh,
This minute before I die :
 
O let me tast those Joys, &c.

I Forty Shillings would freely give,
'Tis all the Mony I have ;
Which I full long have begged for,
To carry me to my Grave :

This I would give to have the Bliss, &c.

I had a Husband in my Youth,
As very well 'tis known,
The truth to tell he pleased me v.-ell,
But now I am left alone;

And long to tast the good Old Game, &c.

If Forty Shillings will not do.
My Petticoat and my Gown;
Nay Smock also shall freely go,
To make up the other Crown;

Then Sir, pray Grant that kind Request, &c.

Tho' I am Fourscore Years of Age,
I love with a Right good Will;
And what in truth I want in Youth,
I have it in perfect Skill :

Then grant to me that Charming Bliss, &c.

Now if you do not pleasure me.
And give me the thing I crave;
I do protest I shall not rest,
When I am laid in my Grave:

Therefore kind Sir, grant me the Joys, &c.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.