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The BREWER'S Coachman.

1 HONEST William, an easy and good-natur'd fellow,
2 Wou'd a little too oft get a little too mellow.
3 Body coachman was he to an eminent brewer
4 No better e'er sat in a box, to be sure.
5 His coach was kept clean, and no mothers or nurses
6 Took that care of their babes that he took of his horses.
7 He had these ay and fifty good qualities more,
8 But the business of tipling cou'd ne'er be got o'er:
9 So his master effectually mended the matter,
10 By hiring a man, who drank nothing but water.
11 Now, William, says he, you see the plain case;
12 Had you drunk as he does, you'd kept a good place.
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13 Drink water! quoth William had all men done so,
14 You'd never have wanted a coachman, I trow.
15 They're soakers, like me whom you load with reproaches,
16 That enable you brewers to ride in your coaches.

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    Title (in Source Edition): The BREWER'S Coachman.
    Themes: food; drink; trades; labour
    Genres: comic verse
    References: DMI 27762

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 290-291. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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