Sally in our Alley

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Henry Carey (1687 – 1743)

      Of all the girls that are so smart
There is none like pretty Sally;
She is the darling of my heart,
And she lives in our alley.
There is no lady in the land
Is half so sweet as Sally;
She is the darling of my heart
And she lives in our alley.

	Her father he makes cabbage-nets,
And through the streets  does cry 'em;
Her mother she sells laces long
To such as please to buy 'em:
But sure such could ne'er beget
So sweet a girl as Sally!
She is the darling of my heart
And she lives in our alley.

	When she is by, I leave my work,
I love her so sincerely;
My master comes like any Turk,
And bangs me most severely:
But let him bang his bellyful,
I’ll bear it all for Sally;
She is the darling of my heart
And she lives in our alley.

	Of all the days that's in the week
I dearly love but one day -
And that's the day that comes betwixt
A Saturday and Monday;
For then I'm dressed all in my best
To walk abroad with Sally;
She is the darling of my heart
And she lives in our alley.

	My master carries me to church,
And often am I blamed
Because I leave him in the lurch
As soon as text is named;
I leave the church in sermon-time
And slink away to Sally;
She is the darling of my heart
And she lives in our alley.

	When Christmas comes about again,
O, then I shall have money;
I'll hoard it up, and box it all,
I'll give it to my honey:
I would it were ten thousand pound,
I'd give it all to Sally;
She is the darling of my heart
And she lives in our alley.

	My master and the neighbours all
Make game of me and Sally,
And, but for her, I'd better be 
a slave and row a galley;
But when my seven long years are out,
O, then I'll marry Sally;
O, then we'll wed, and then we'll bed -
But not in our alley!

About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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