by Florence Stevenson (1922 - 1991)

Ripe strawberries, strawberries ripe!
Language: English 
Ripe strawberries, strawberries ripe!
A child for the gallows.
Oh will ye buy sweet fine plums?
Charms against the plague,
oh will ye buy sweet fine plums?
New oysters, just opened oysters, new oysters.
Buy a gallows toy made very like the block! 

Buy a gallows toy made very like the block.
Ale by the tankard!
Chestnuts, hot! 
Drink by the tankard, ‘ave some ale!
Oh will ye buy a fine gallows toy?
A toy made very like the block!
A charm against the plague! 
Oh, will ye buy sweet fine plums? 
New oysters, just opened oysters.
For the gallows—strawberries ripe. 

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