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Tom Tyler

Language: English

I am a poor tiler in simple array,
And get a poor living, but eightpence a day,
My wife as I get it, doth spend it away;
And I cannot help it, she saith; wot we why?
[The proverb reporteth, no man can deny,]1
[That]2 wedding and hanging is destiny.

I thought when I wed her, she had been a sheep,
At board to be friendly, to sleep when I sleep.
She loves so unkindly, she makes me to weep;
But I dare say nothing, God wot! wot ye why?
[The proverb reporteth, no man can deny,]1
[That]2 wedding and hanging is destiny.

Besides this unkindness whereof my grief grows,
I think few tilers are match'd with such shrows;
Before she leaves brawling, she falls to deal blows
Which, early and late, doth cause me [to]1 cry
[The proverb reporteth, no man can deny,]1
That wedding and hanging is destiny.

The more that I please her, the worse she doth like me;
The more I forbear her, the more she doth strike me;
The more that I get her, the more she doth glike me;
Woe worth this ill fortune that maketh me cry
[The proverb reporteth, no man can deny,]1
That wedding and hanging is destiny.

If I had been hanged when I had been married,
My torments had ended, though I had miscarried;
If I had been warned, then would I have tarried;
But now all too lately I feel and [I]1 cry
[The proverb reporteth, no man can deny,]1
That wedding and hanging is destiny.


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1 Added by Warlock.
2 Original: "For"
Glossary: glike = gleek: trick or circumvent; shrows = shrews: railing or scolding women ; wot = know

Submitted by David K. Smythe

Authorship

  • by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, from Tom Tyler and His Wife, An Excellent Old Play, As It was Printed and Acted about a hundred Years ago, first published 1661 [ author's text not verified ]

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