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Our cloathing is good sheep-skins,
Grey russet for our wives;

Heigh trolollie lollie loe, &c.
'Tis warmth and not gay cloathing
That doth prolong our lives :

Then care away, &c.
The ploughman, tho' he labour hard,
Yet on the holy-day,

Heigh trolollie lollie loe, &c.
No emperor so merrily
his time

Then care away, &c.
To recompense our tillage,
The heavens afford us showers;

Heigh trolollie lollie loe, &c.
And for our sweet refreshments
The earth affords us bowers :

Then care away, &c.
The cuckow and the nightingale
Full merrily do sing,

Heigh trolollie lollie loe, &c.
And with their pleasant roundelays
Bid welcome to the spring:

Then care away, &c.
This is not half the happiness
The countryman enjoys;

Heigh trolollie lollie loe, &c.
Though others think they have as much,
Yet he that says so lies :

Then come away,
Turn countrymen with me.


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Note.] ? John Chalkhill, of whom and his family a notice will be found in the Life of Walton, prefixed to this volume. “To this song the merry chorus of “Hey trolly lo' is attached as a burthen, which was then in much repute. A song, entitled Troly Lo, is printed by Ritson (Antient Songs from Hen. III. to the Revolution, 1790, p. 92) from a MS. in the Sloane Collection, No. 1584, commencing :

'So well ys me be gone, troly lole so

Well ys me be gone troly loley.' In A new and merry Enterlude called the Triall of Treasure, 1567, where a drinking chaunt of “ Luste like a gallant,” has the following lines:

Piscator. Well sung, Coridon, this song was sung with mettle; and it was choicely fitted to the occasion : I shall love you for it as long as I know you.

I would

you were a brother of the angle; for a companion that is cheerful, and free from swearing and scurrilous discourse, is worth gold. I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning ; nor men, that cannot well bear it, to repent the money they spend when they be warmed with drink. And take this for a rule: you may pick out such times and such companies, that

you make yourselves merrier for a little than a great deal of money; for “ 'Tis the company and not the charge that makes the feast;' and such a companion you prove: I thank you for it.

But I will not compliment you out of the debt that I owe you, and therefore I will begin my song, and wish it may be so well liked.

Note continued.]

Hey rowse, fill all the pottes in the house,

Tushe man, in good felowship let vs be mery,


like a man or it is not worth a louse,

Hey how troly lowe, hey dery, dery. In the comedy of The late Lancashire Witches, 1634, the song to the familiars, Mawsy, Puckling, &c. invites them to

Suck our blouds freely, and with it be jolly,

While merrily we sing, Hey trolly lolly. And in Brome's comedy of The Jovial Crew, or the Merry Beggars, 1641, is the following catch, afterwards inserted in nearly every musical collection of that period :

There was an old fellow at Waltham Cross,
Who merrily sung when he liv’d by the loss;
He never was heard to sigh with hey-ho,
But sent it out with a haigh trolly lo.

He chear'd up his heart, when his goods went to wrack,

With a heghm, boy, heghm, and a cup of old sack. In the Weekly Journal of 30th July, 1715, there is mention of a noted female offender, prostitute, and housebreaker, called Trolly Lolly, who had been tried at nine assizes, and always saved herself from the capital part of the offence by pregnancy.” Eu. H.


As inward love breeds outward talk,
The hound some praise, and some the hawk,
Some, better pleas’d with private sport,
Use tennis, some a mistress court :

But these delights I neither wish,

Nor envy, while I freely fish.
Who hunts, doth oft in danger ride;
Who hawks, lures oft both far and wide ;
Who uses games shall often prove
A loser; but who falls in love,

Is fetter'd in fond Cupid's snare:

My angle breeds me no such care.
Of recreation there is none
So free as fishing is alone;
All other pastimes do no less
Than mind and body both possess :

My hand alone my work can do,

So I can fish and study too.
I care not, I, to fish in

Fresh rivers best my mind do please,
Whose sweet calm course I contemplate,
And seek in life to imitate:

In civil bounds I fain would keep,
And for my past offences weep.

And when the timorous Trout I wait
To take, and he devours my bait,
How poor a thing, sometimes I find,
Will captivate a greedy mind:

And when none bite, I praise the wise
Whom vain allurements ne'er surprise.

But yet, though while I fish, I fast,
I make good fortune my repast ;
And thereunto my friend invite,
In whom I more than that delight:
Who is more welcome to my

Than to my angle was my fish.
As well content no prize to take,
As use of taken prize to make :

For so our Lord was pleased, when
He fishers made fishers of men;

Where, which is in no other game,
A man may fish and praise his name.

The first men that our Saviour dear
Did choose to wait upon him here,
Blest fishers were, and fish the last
Food was that he on earth did taste:

I therefore strive to follow those
Whom he to follow him hath chose.

W. B. 3

Coridon. Well sung, brother, you have paid your debt in good coin. We anglers are all beholden to the good man that made this song: come, hostess, give us more ale, and let's drink to him. And now let's every one go to bed, that we may rise early: but first let's pay our reckoning, for I will have nothing to hinder me in the morning; for my purpose is to prevent the sun-rising.

Peter. A match. Come, Coridon, you are to be my bed-fellow. I know, brother, you and your scholar will lie together. But where shall we meet to-morrow night? for my friend Coridon and I will go up the water towards Ware.

Piscator. And my scholar and I will go down towards Waltham.

CORIDON. Then let's meet here, for here are fresh sheets that smell of lavender; and I am sure we cannot expect better meat, or better usage in any place.

PETER. 'Tis a match. Good-night to every body.
Piscator. And so say I.
VENATOR. And so say I.

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Note.] 3 These initials, apparently of William Basse, occur in the first edition only, and prove that Walton, in saying that this song

was lately made at my request ” by that composer, did not refer to the music only. In the Life and Remains of Dean Bathurst, by Warton, 8vo. 1761, are verses “To Mr. W. Basse upon the intended publication of his Poems, Jan. 13, 1651,” to which Warton adds in a note, “I find no account of this writer or his poems.'

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