The Ploughboy
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Lesley Nelson-Burns


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This is not related to the other Ploughboy (which is also known as Lark in the Morn.) A flaxen headed cowboy, as simple as may be,
And next a merry ploughboy, I whistled o'er the lea;
But now a saucy footman I strut in worsted lace,
And soon I'll be a butler, and whey my jolly face.
When steward I'm promoted, I'll snip the trademen's bill,
My master's coffers empty, my pockets for to fill;
When lolling in my chariot, so great a man I'll be;
So great a man, so great a man, so great a man I'll be!
You'll forget the little ploughboy, that whistled o'er the lea,
You'll forget the little ploughboy, that whistled o'er the lea.

I'll buy votes at elections, but when I've made the pelf,
I'll stand poll for the parliament, and then vote in myself;
Whatever's good for me, sir, I never will oppose;
When all my ayes are sold off, why then I'll sell my noes.
I'll joke, harangue, and paragraph, with speeches charm the ear,
And when I'm tired on my legs, then I'll sit down a peer:
In court or city honour, so great a man I'll be;
So great a man, so great a man, so great a man I'll be!
You'll forget the little ploughboy, that whistled o'er the lea,
You'll forget the little ploughboy, that whistled o'er the lea.

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