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The Beldam's Song.

1 APpear my Kib-welkin, dear Spirit appear
2 In the Shape
3 Of an Ape,
4 A Fire-spitting Dragon, or Clump-footed Bear.
5 Madge has whoopt me twice from her Ivy-bound Oak,
6 And twice have I heard the dull Night-Raven croak.
7 Let me stride thee my Welkin, and post it away
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8 Ere the Moon
9 Reach her Noon.
10 For the Night is the Wey-ward Sister's Day.
11 Through the Air let us take our fantastical Round,
12 And sipp of the Dew
13 While 'tis New,
14 Ere the Honey-drops fall to the Ground.
15 But when we are mounted, and in our Carear,
16 Make neither Hault nor Stay,
17 And to none give the Way,
18 Tho Hecat her self shou'd be rounding the Air.
19 For once I'le encounter,
20 And try to dismount her,
21 Pitch her Heels over Head
22 To some Quagg-mire below, and Reign Queen in her stead
23 Bustle, bustle my Kib, and be sure e're we part,
24 Thou shalt Suck at the Dugg that is next to my Heart.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Beldam's Song.
Author: Nahum Tate
Genres: song

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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, pp. 98-99. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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