The Merry Fellows
He That Will Not Merry, Merry Be

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Traditional Ballad, from the time of Charles II

Now, since we're met, let's merry, merry be,
In spite of all our foes;
And he that will not merry be,
We'll pull him by the nose.
Chorus:
Let him be merry, merry there,
While we're all merry, merry here,
For who can know where he shall go,
To be merry another year.

2. He that will not merry, merry be,
With a generous bowl and a toast,
May he in Bridewell be shut up,
And fast bound to a post.
Chorus:

3. He that will not merry, merry be,
And take his glass in course,
May he be obliged to drink small beer,
Ne'er a penny in his purse.
Chorus:

4. He that will not merry, merry be,
With a company of jolly boys;
May he be plagued with a scolding wife,
To confound him with her noise.
Chorus:

5. He that will not merry, merry be,
With his sweetheart by his side,
Let him be laid in the cold churchyard,
With a head-stone for his bride.
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