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And now farewell both spear and shield,
Caliver, pistol, arquebuse, See, see, what sighs my heart doth yield To think that I must leave
thus; And lay aside my rapier-blade, And take in hand a ditching spade.
And you farewell, all gallant games,
Primero, and Imperial,
To pass away the time withall :
And now farewell each dainty dish,
With sundry sorts of sugar'd wine : Farewell, I say, fine flesh and fish,
To please this dainty mouth of mine; I now, alas, must leave all these, And make good cheer with bread and cheese.
now, all orders due, farewell: My table laid when it was noon; My heavy heart it irks to tell
My dainty dinners all are done. With leeks and onions, whig and whey, I must content me as may.
And farewell all gay garments now,
With jewels rich, of rare device;
I must go range in woodman's wise;
What shall I say, but bid adieu
To every dram of sweet delight,
In dungeon deep of foul despite,
(Abridged from 39 stanzas.]
Not long ago, as I at supper sat,
Whereas indeed I had exceeding cheer, In order served, with store of this and that,
With faggons fill'd with wine, and ale, and beer, I did behold, (that well set out the rest !) A troop of dames in brave attire addrest.
Now gan I guess, by outward countenance,
The disposition of each dainty dame:
And though, perhaps, I missed some by chance,
I hit some right, I do not doubt the same.
But let them be such as they were: by chance
Our banquet done, we had our musick by, And then, you know, the youth must needs go
dance, First, galliards ; then larousse ; and heidegy; “ Old lusty gallant;" “ all flow’rs of the bloom;" And then a hall! for dancers must have room.
And to it then; with set, and turn about,
hawk; Backwards and forwards, take hands then, in and
And, now and then, a little wholesome talk, That none could hear, close rowned in the ear; Well! I say nought: but much good sport was
Then might my minion hear her mate at will :
But, God forgive all such as judge amiss ! Some men, I know, would soon imagine ill,
By secret spying of some knavish kiss :
But let them leave such jealousy for shame!
And, when friends meet, some merry sign must
Dancers, besides, may claim a kiss of right,
kiss: that goes sore.
But what? I had almost myself forgot
To tell you on of this same gentle crew;
As some must sit; while other danced anew:
But to behold the graces of each dame!
How some would dance as though they did but
And some would trip, as though one leg were
lame; And some would mince it like a sparrow-hawk; And some would dance upright as any bolt; And some would leap and skip like a young colt !
And some would fidge, as though she had the itch;
And some would bow half crooked in the joints ; And some would have a trick; and some a twitch; Some shook their arms, as they had hung up
’points: With thousands more that were too long to tell, But made me laugh my heart sore, I wot well.
But let them
and now we must part; “ I thank you, sir, for my exceeding cheer.”— « Welcome (quoth the good man) with all my
heart: " In faith the market serves but ill to year, 66 When one could not devise more meat to dress.”Jesus ! (thought I) what means this foolishness?
But let that pass. Then, parting at the door,
it was a sport to see
Such curtsies low, with“ Pray you pardon me”. ** You shall not chuse”—“ In faith you are to
6 blame." Goodsooth! (thought I) a man would think the
Now being forth (with much ado) at last,
Then part they all; each one unto their house ;