The Cries of London

by Richard Dering

What do ye lack do ye buy sir, see what ye lack, pins,
points, garters, spanish gloves or silk ribbons?
     Will ye buy a very fine cabinet, a fair scarf, or
     a rich girdle and hangers?
See here, madam, fine cobweb lawn, good cambric or
fair bone lace.
     Will ye buy any very fine silk stocks, sir? See 
     here a fair hat of the French block, sir.
New oysters new, lily white mussels new.
     New mackerel, mackerel new.
New haddock, haddocks new, New great cockles new.
     Quick periwincles, quick, quick, quick.
Plaice, plaice, plaice, new great plaice,
     Will ye buy my dish of eels?
New sprats, new sprats tuppence a peck, tuppence a 
peck at Milford stairs
     Salt, salt, salt, salt, fine white salt.
Will ye buy any milk today, misteris?
     Ha' ye any work for a tinker?
Ha' ye any ends of gold or silver?
     Ha' ye any old bowls or trays or bellows to mend?
What kitchen stuff ha' ye maids? My mother was an 
honest wife, and twenty years she led this life, 
what kitchen stuff ha' ye maids, what kitchen stuff 
ha' ye maids?
     Will ye buy a mat, a mat for a bed?
Brooms, brooms, brooms, old boots, old shoes, 
pouchstrings or buskins for a green broom.
     Hot pudding pies hot. Hot mutton pies hot.
Buy any black, buy any black, here cries one dare
boldly crack, he carries that upon his back will 
make old shoes look very black, will you buy any
blacking, maids?
     Will ye buy any rock salt, samphire, or a cake 
     of good gingerbread?
Ha' ye any wood to cleave?
     Cooper am I, and have been long, and hooping
    is my trade, and married man am I to as pretty a
    wench as ever God hath made, have ye work for 
    a cooper?
I ha' fresh cheese and creams, I ha' fresh.
     I ha' ripe strawberries ripe.
I ha' ripe cucumbers ripe.
     Ripe walnuts ripe.  Ripe small nuts ripe, 
     Ripe chestnuts ripe.
Ripe respise ripe.
     Ripe artichokes ripe.
Cherry ripe, ripe, ripe.
     Pips fine. Fine pears fine. Meddlers fine.
Will ye buy any aquavitae or Rosasolis finea?
     What coney skins, coney skins maids?  I have laces
     points and pins, or money for your coney skins,
     what coney skins have you maids?
Hard St. Thomas onions hard, Bread and meat for the poor
prisoners of the Marshallsea, bread and meat
     White radish, white young radish white.
White lettuce white young lettuce white.
     White cabbage, white young cabbage white.
White turnips, white young turnips white.
     White parsnips, white young parsnips white.
Sweep, chimney sweep, Sweep, chimney mistress sweep 
with a hoop derry, derry, derry, sweep, from the 
bottom to the top, sweep, chimney sweep, then shall no
soot fall in your porridge pot with a hoop derry, 
derry, derry sweep
     All round and sound, and all of a colour,
     will ye buy, will ye buy any very fine marking
     stone, it is all sinews and no bones and yet,
     very good marking stones.
Fine Seville oranges, fine lemons.
     Fine pomgranats fine,
fine potatoes fine.
     Oyez, Oyez, Oyez, If any man or woman city or
     country, that can tell any tidings of a grey 
     mare with a black tail, having but three legs and
     both her eyes out, with a great hole in her ear,
     and there your snout, if there by any that can tell
     any tidings of this mare, let him bring word to the
     crier and he shall be well pleas'd for his labour.
Rats or mice, ha' ye any rats, mice, polecats, or weasels,
or ha' ye any old sows sick of the measles? I can kill
them, and I can kill moles, and I can kill vermin that
creepeth up and creepeth down and creepeth into holes.
     Pity the poor women for the Lord's sake, good men
     of God, pity the poor women, poor and cold and
     comfortless in the deep dungeon, in the deep dungeon.
Buy any ink, will ye buy any ink, buy any very fine writing
ink, will ye buy any ink and pens?
     Doublets, doublets, old doublets, old doublets, old
     doublets, old doublets, and ha' ye any old doublets?
Rosemary and bays, will ye buy any rosemary, will ye buy
any rosemary and bays? 'tis good, 'tis good, to layup on 
their bones, which climbeth over walls, to steal your 
plums, then buy my wares, so trim and trick, that gentle
is, that gentle is, yet very, very, very, very quick.
     Will ye buy a very fine Almanack?
Will ye buy a very fine brush?
     Pitiful gentlemen of the Lord, bestow one penny
     to buy a loaf of bread, a loaf of bread among a 
     number of poor prisoners.
Sweet juniper, juniper, will ye buy my bunch of juniper?
     Touch and go, touch and go, Ha' ye work for Kindheart
     the tooth drawer, touch and go.
Garlic, good garlic, the best of all the cries, it is the
only physic, 'gainst all the maladies, it is my chiefest
wealth, good garlic for to cry, and if you love your
health, my garlic then come buy!
     Will you buy my sack of small coals, or will ye buy
     any great coals?
Ha' ye any corns on your feet or toes?
     A good sausage, a good, and it be roasted, go round
     about the capon, go round.
Will ye buy a very good tinder box?
     Lanthorn and candlelight, hang out, hang out maids.
     Lanthorn and candlelight, hang out, hang out maids.
Twelve o'clock, look well to your lock. your fire and your
light, and so good night.