Collection of ballads, songsheets. 2 vols. London: J. Pitts, 18051840? University of Minnesota Libraries. WILSON Rare Books Quarto 820.1 Z. Vol. 1.
I'd sooner be a barrow girl than a rich merchant's wife,
For so early in the morning you hear me to cry,
Artichokes and cauliflowers<,> pretty maids will you buy<.>
There's a girl sits at Billingsgate I'll not mention her
My husband's a quiet man, and a quiet man is he,
A waterman's trade, a trade that seldom fail<s>,
Transcription and glosssary by Eric Welle.
Billingsgate one of the gates of London, and a fish market near it, frequented by mariners; renowned for its unrestrained and vulgar atmosphere
waterman a seaman, a mariner
to wear the horns to be cuckolded
full flowing bowl a brimming mug--implying that this song was meant to be sung in a pub
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