Empty Purse

Sing all, and say we thus,
"Much thanks to you, my purse."

When my purse is full enough
I have both horse and plow,
And also I have friends enough,
     Through the virtue of my purse.

When my purse begins to slack,
And there is nothing in my pack,
Then they say, "Farewell, Jack;
     You'll drink no more with us."

Thus is my good forlorn;
My purse's lining is all torn;
I can as well play with a horn
     Instead of with my purse.

Farewell, horse, and farewell, cow;
Farewell, cart, and farewell, plow;
I'll just sit and play with a bough,
     And say, "God, what is all this?"

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