THE High-way Mans Advice To his Brethren.

Title

THE High-way Mans Advice To his Brethren.

Subtitle

Or, Nevison's Last Legacy to the Knights of the High-Padd; By way of Caution, to deter them from following their Unlawful Enterprizes. Being a most Pleasant New Song, greatly in Request both in City and Country. Beware all you that set Unlawful Game, Least in the end your selves you sadly shame; Hemp is a fatal Weed, and spoils the growth Of many a rash and unadvised Youth: Then timely warning take er'e 'tis too late, And by that warning shun untimely Fate.

Synopsis

A fictional cautionary ballad, warning against highway robbery and imagining punishment for highwaymen.

Digital Object

Image / Audio Credit

Magdalene College - Pepys Library, Pepys Ballads 2.157; EBBA 20777

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Follow bonny Lad: Or, The High-way Man's Delight

Transcription

F Ollow bonny Lad,
By the High-way side,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou love me as I love thee,

then let us gang both together.
And if we meet a Man,
We'l cause him to stand,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,

we'l make him stand both together.
Be it better, be't worse,
We will take his Purse,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,

we will take it both together.
And than by and by,
Follow the Hue and Cry,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,

we'l both be taken together.
And [then in a Cart,]
We'l [be carry'd] to York,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,

we'l both be carry'd together.
Then over Mount-Hill,
And by the Mill,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,

one pint we will drink together.
And then we must lye
Until the next Assize,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,

there we will lye together.
And the next Assize,
We must be Trappiz'd,

my own dear loving B rother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,

we both will Swing together.
With the Mattock and Spade,
Our Graves shall be made,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,

we'l lye in a Grave together.
But let us not be
Fearful whilst free,

my own dear loving Brother ;
For if thou love me, as I love thee,

we will fight and dye together.
For a Knight of the Padd,
Should never be sad,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou lov'st me, as I love thee,

we will be merry together.
Let what will come,
We know our Doom,

my own dear loving B rother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,
we will cast away fear together.
Our Booty we'l share,
And take no futher care,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,

we will spend it both together.
Our Lasses and our Wine,
Our Wits shall refine,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,

we will share them both together.
At nothing we'l grieve,
So Silver we have,

my own dear loving Brother;
For if thou lov'st me, as I love thee,

what we do we'l do together.
Men of our Profession,
Move by Discretion,

my own dear loving B rother;
And if thou love me, as I love thee,

we'l jovially move together.
Goals we will Contemn,
Till we fall into them,

my own dear loving B rother;
But if thou love me, as I love thee,

we'l wear the stone doublet together.
But as we now are,
Let us have a care,

my own dear loving Brother;
And if thou love me, as I love thee,

let us have a care toghther.
O let us-still beware,
Of the wretced Snare,

my own dear loving Brother;
And if thou lov'st me, as I love thee,

O let us have a care together.
O to dye in a Rope,
Wilt destroy all our hope,

my own dear loving Brother;
But if thou lov'st me, as I love thee,

if we dye we'l dye both together.

Method of Punishment

hanging

Crime(s)

robbery, theft

Gender

Date

Printing Location

Printed for I. Wright, I. Clark, VV. Thackeray, and T. Passenger.

Files

PepysC_2_157_2448x2448.jpg

Citation

“THE High-way Mans Advice To his Brethren. ,” Execution Ballads, accessed January 28, 2022, https://omeka.cloud.unimelb.edu.au/execution-ballads/items/show/893.