My Tom of Bedlam

Melody -

To find my Tom of Bedlam,
Ten thousand years I'll travel;
Mad Maudlin goes with dirty toes
To save her shoes from gravel.
Yet will I sing, Bonny boys,
Bonny mad boys,
Bedlam boys are bonny;
They still go bare,
And live by air,
And want no drink or money.

A song of the bedlam boys and mad maudlins, the former inmates of the Bethlehem Hospital for the Insane in London, who wandered around the country eking out a living as best they could.

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