Five excellent love songs/My Galloping's All at an End

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MY GALLOPING's ALL AT AN END.

YOU Sailers that plow on the main,
with the waters a glittering toy,
Keep your senses from falling asleep,
from Venus or Cupid's decoy.
Fair Helen, that Grecian Queen,
or the damsels who on her attend,
When you’re married your courage is down
and your galloping’s all at an end.

When that a young man is married,
and rolled in a marriage state,
He’s curb’d all the days of his life,
Oh! but his sorrows are great:
His wise will his quarrels oppose,
and close to his heels will attend,
She’ll cross him in spite of his nose,
and his galloping’s all at an end.

If that I chance for to treat
a friend or a neighbour also,
My wife she will follow me straight,
and many bad words will bellow;

She says, you most damnable rogue,

your money why do you thus spend?
You look like a sot or a slave,
and your galloping’s all at an end.

When my first child it was born,
they made up a great bill of charge;
The midwife and gossips came in,
and, swell’d it out still very large :
At all this I’m very well pleas’d,
for what good Providence may send,
I find, there is nothing affray,
but my galloping’s all at an end.

Before Jockey entered marriage,
'twas he that was sprightly and gay.
Right taper and proud was his carriage,
and who was so airy as he!
But now since my uncle got married,
he can neither rove but nor ben,
He must stay at home with his wife,
his galloping’s alt at an end.

Now comes the jolly town-rake,
and thus he did merrily sing,
I will spend one shilling or more,
and toast a good health to the king
No woman shall e’er me controul,
for I will both borrow and lend;
I’ll live single until I grow old,
and my galloping never shall end.

So lads be aware how you marry,
I'd have you take pattern by me;
I think it far better to tarry,
and always live happy and free:
If you have a shilling to spare,
or yet half-a-crown for to lend,
There’s no one to stop your career,
for your galloping never shall end.


This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.