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Song: Tom Jolly’s Nose I mean to abuse, thy jolly...

by Henry Aldrich . A Catch for Three voices , in A minor


Tom Jolly’s Nose I mean to abuse,
thy jolly nose, Tom, provokes my muse,
thy Nose jolly Tom that shines so bright,
I’ll easily follow it by its own light,
thy nose Tom Jolly no jest it will bear,
although it yields matter enough, and to spare,
but jolly Tom’s nose, for all he can do,
breeds worms in itself and in our heads too,
Tom’s nose, jolly Tom’s nose,
the more it is bantered, the more it glows,
then drink to Tom Jolly a cooling glass,
or jolly Tom’s nose will fire his face.

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