Thomas Flatman (1637-1688)

This person ... was in his younger days much against marriage, to the dislike of his father, and made a song describing the cumbrances of it, beginning thus:

Like a dog with a bottle tied close to his tail,
Like a tory in a bog, or a thief in a jail, etc.

But being afterwards smitten with a fair virgin, and more with her fortune, he did espouse her 26 November 1672; whereupon his ingenious comrades did serenade him that night, while he was in the embraces of his mistress, with the said song.

From Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses, ed. cit. iv. 246.

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