Gentle ladies, good in nature (Anonymous)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-08-11).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 280 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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Title: Gentle ladies, good in nature
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSTTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1775
Description: Glee in the form of a comic dialogue, published in both London and Philadelphia. Neither edition named the composer.

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Original text and translations

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Gentle ladies, good in nature,
Pray relieve a fellow creature.
We have nothing now to give you,
'Tis the parish must relieve you.

When pale want and hunger cry,
Can such tender hearts deny?
Shame to take the beggar's calling,
Sloth in tatters, children squalling.

We are sorry thus to tease you,
But 'tis hard to starve and please you.
We've not halfpence for so many;
Beg not longer, here's a penny.

What cruel shocks we undergo;
'Twould starve a cat to feed them so.
Get employment.
We are willing.
Come poor fellows, here's a shilling,
Bless your honours, ev'ry one.
Cease your canting and be gone.