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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,
Wherewith I used, with courtly dames,

To pass away the time withall :
I now must learn some country plays
For ale and cakes on holidays !

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;
Like Robin Hood, I wot not how,

I must go range in woodman's wise;
Clad in a coat of green or grey,
And glad to get it if I may.

What shall I say, but bid adieu

To every dram of sweet delight,
In place where pleasure never grew,

In dungeon deep of foul despite,
I must, ah me! wretch, as I may,
Go sing the song of welaway!

(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 shall I tell of each one what I guest ?
No fie! for why, fond tattling breeds unrest.

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,
Change sides, and cross, and mince it like a

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!
Dancers must kiss : the law allows the same.

And, when friends meet, some merry sign must

Of welcoming unto each other's sight:
And for a kiss that's not so much, alas !

Dancers, besides, may claim a kiss of right,
After the dance is ended, and before.
But some will kiss


kiss: that goes sore.

But what? I had almost myself forgot

To tell you on of this same gentle crew;
Some were, alas, with dancing grown so hot,

As some must sit; while other danced anew:
And thus forsooth our dancing held us on
Till midnight full; high time for to be gone.

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.

16 sir

But let them

pass :

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,
Believe me now,

it was a sport to see
What stir there was, who should go out before.

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 ;

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