Rakes of Mallow


Beauing, belling, dancing, drinking
Breaking windows, damning, sinking
Ever raking, never thinking
Live the rakes of Mallow

Spending faster than it comes
Beating waiters, bailiffs, duns
Bacchus’ true begotten sons
Live the rakes of Mallow

One time naught but claret drinking
Then like politicians, thinking
Raise the sinking funds when sinking
Live the rakes of Mallow

When at home with dada dying
Still for Mallow-water crying
But where there is claret plying
Live the rakes of Mallow

Living short, but merry lives
Going where the devil drives
Having sweethearts, but no wives
Live the rakes of Mallow

Racking tenants, stewards teasing
Swiftly spending, slowly raising
Wishing to spend all their days
As the rakes of mallow

Then to end this raking life
They get sober, take ‘a wife
Ever after live in. strife
And wish again for Mallow


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Rake and rogues