James Corfe
(1713 - c.1765)

Corfe : The Female Rake : illustration

The Female Rake
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Publ. c.1745, "Sung by Mrs Dunstall at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln's Inn Fields in the farce of Bickerstaffe's Unburied Dead".
Lyrics: Anon

Your musty old rules are for thinking fools,
Who to wisdom make awkward pretences;
But the world is so wise, all schemes to despise,
Which prohibit th'enjoying five senses.

I'll rove and I'll range, my lovers I'll change,
Since changing in females is common;
The dull life of a nun all fine ladies shun,
For pleasure's the soul of a woman.