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First Line: I am a barber, and I'd have you know
Last Line: I with a powder send him straight away.
Subject(s): Barbers

I AM a barber, and, I 'd have you know,
A shaver too, sometimes no mad one though;
The reason why you see me now thus bare
Is 'cause I always trade against the hair.
But yet I keep a state; who comes to me,
Whos'e'er he is, he must uncover'd be.
When I 'm at work, I 'm bound to find discourse,
To no great purpose, of great Sweden's force,
Of Witel, and the Bourse, and what 'twill cost
To get that back which was this Summer lost:
So fall to praising of his Lordship's hair;
Ne'er so deform'd, I swear 'tis sans compare:
I tell him that the King's doth sit no fuller,
And yet his is not half so good a colour;
Then reach a pleasing glass, that 's made to lie,
Like to its master, most notoriously;
And if he must his mistress see that day,
I with a powder send him straight away.

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