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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘Some thirty or forty or fifty at least’
By Thomas D’Urfey (1653–1723)
 
SOME thirty or forty or fifty at least,
  Or more, I have loved in vain, in vaín,
But if you’ll vouchsafe to receive a poor guest,
  For once I will venture again, again.
 
How long I shall be in this mind, this mind,        5
  Is totally in your own power;
All my days I can pass with the kind, the kind,
  But I’ll part with the proud in an hour.
 
Then if you’ll be good-natured and civil, and civil,
  You’ll find I can be so too, so too;        10
But if not you may go, you may go to the devil,
  Or the devil may come to you, to you.
 
 
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