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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Come to the Pedlar

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

From “The Winter’s Tale,” Act IV. Scene 3

WILL you buy any tape,

Or lace for your cape,

My dainty duck, my dear-a?

Any silk, any thread,

Any toys for your head,

Of the new’st and finest, finest wear-a?

Come to the pedlar;

Money’s a meddler,

That doth utter all men’s ware-a.