Ballad singer and minor character from the play Bartholomew Fair by Ben Jonson, which premiered in 1614.
Now the Fair’s a filling!
O for a tune to startle
The birds o’ the booths here billing,
Yearly with old saint Bartle!
The drunkards they are wading.
The punks and chapmen trading ;
Who’d see the Fair without his lading ?
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