Martin Parker

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There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means—either may do—the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
Benjamin Franklin
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Martin Parker (c. 1600 - c.1656), was an English ballad writer, and probably a London tavern-keeper.


  • Ye gentlemen of England
    That live at home at ease,
    Ah! little do you think upon
    The dangers of the seas.
    • Ye Gentlemen of England, (c. 1630).
  • When the stormy winds do blow.
    • Ye Gentlemen of England, (c. 1630). Compare: "When the battle rages loud and long, And the stormy winds do blow", Thomas Campbell, Ye Mariners of England.
  • In ancient times all things were cheape
    'Tis good to look before you leape
    When come is ripe 'tis time to reape.
    • The Roxburghe Ballads (c. 1630).

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