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A fayre russet coat the tanner had on
| Marrye, heaven forfend, the tanner replyde, Fast buttoned under his chin;
That thou my prentise were : And under him a good cow-hide,
Thou woldst spend more good than I shold wion, And a mare of four shilling:
By fortye shilling a yere. Nowe stand you still, my good lordes all,
Yet one thinge wold I, sayd our king, Under the greene wood spraye,
If thou wilt not seeme strange; And I will wende to yonder fellowe,
Thoughe my horse be better than thy mare, To weet what he will saye.
Yet with thee I faine wold change. God speede, God speede thee, said our king.
| Why if with ine thou faine wilt change, Thou art welcome, sir, sayde hee.
As change full well maye wee, The readyest waye to Drayton Basset
By the faith of my bodye, thou proude fellone, I praye thee to shewe to mee.
I will have some boot of thee. To Drayton Basset wouldst thou goe,
That were against reason, sayd the king, Fro the place where thou dost stand,
I sweare, so mote I thee :
And that thou well mayst see.
And softly she will fare:
Thy horse is unrulye and wild, I wiss; And I pray thee wend with mee,
Aye skipping here and theare.
Now tell me in this stounde.
But a noble in gold so rounde.
Here's twenty groates of white moneyè, No daynties we will spare :
Sith thou wilt have it of mee. All daye shalt thou eate and drink of the best,
I would have sworne now, quoth the tanner, And I will paye thy fare.
Thou hadst not had one penniè. Gramercye for nothing, the tanner replyde, But since we two have made a change, Thou payest no fare of mine:
A change we must abide; I trow I've more nobles in my purse,
Although thou hast gotten Brocke my mare, Than thou hast pence in thine.
Thou gettest not my cowe-bide.
I will not have it, sayde the kynge,
I sweare, sò mote I thee;
Thy foule cowe-hide I would not beare, For he weende he had beene a thiefe.
If thou woldst give it mee.
The tanner he took his good cowe-hide, For the cloathes thou wearest upon thy backe
That of the cowe was hilt; Might beseeme a lord to weare.
And threwe it upon the king's saddelle, I never stole them, quoth our king,
That was so fayrely gilte. I tell you, sir, by the roode.
Now help me up, thou fine fellowe, Then thou playest as many an unthrift doth,
'Tis time that I were gone : And standeth in midds of thy goode.
When I come home to Gyllian iny wife, What tydings heare you, sayd the kynge,
She'll say I'm a gentilmon. As you ryde far and neare?
The kinge he took him by the legge; I hear no tydings, sir, by the masse,
The tanner a f*** let fall. But that cow-bides are deare.
Now marrye, good fellowe, said the kingt, Cowe-hides ! cowe-hides! what things are
Thy courtesye is but small. those ?
When the tanner he was in the king's saddzik, I marvell what they bee?
And his foote in the stirrup was, What, art thou a foole? the tanner reply'd; He marvelled greatlye in his minde, I carry one under mee.
Whether it were golde or brass. What craftsman art thou? said the king;
But when his steede saw the cows-taile wage. I pray thee tell me trowe.
And eke the black cowe-horne, I am a barker*, sir, by trade;
He stamped, and stared, and awaye he rame, Now tell me what art thou?
As the devill had him borne. I am a poore courtier, sir, quoth he,
The tanner he pull'd, the tanner he sweat, That am forth of service worne;
And held by the pummil fast; And fain I wolde thy prentise bee,
| At length the tanner came tumbling dowse Thy cunninge for to learne,
I His necke he bad well-nye brast. • Dealer in bask.
Take thy horse again with a vengeance, he sayd, Balow, my boy, thy mithers joy,
Thy father breides me great annoy. My horse would have borne thee well enoughe, Balow, my babe, ly stil and sleipe ! Be he knewe not of thy cowe-hide:
It grieves me sair to see thee weipe. Yet if againe thou faine woldst change, | When he began to court my luve, As change full well may wee,
And with his sugred words to muve, By the faith of thy bodye, thou jolly tanner, His faynings fals, and Aattering cheire, I will have some boote of thee.
To me that time did not appeire : Vhat boote wilt thou have, the tanner reply'd. But now I see, most crueli hee Nowe tell me in this stounde?
Cares neither for my babe nor mee. Noe pence, nor half-pence, sir, by my faye,
Balow, &c. But I will have twentye pounde.
Ly stil, my darlinge, sleipe a while, Here's twenty groates out of my purse;
And when thou wakest sweitly smile: And tweniye I have of thine:
But smile not, as thy father did, And I have one more, which we will spend To cozen maids; nay, God forbid ! Together at the Vine.
But yette I feire, thou wilt gae neire, The kinge set a bugle horne to his mouthe,
Thy fatheris hart and face to beire. And blewe bothe loude and shrille;
Balow, &c. And soone came lords, and soone came knights,
I cannae chuse, but ever will Fast ryding over the hille.
Be luving to thy father stil : Nowe, out alas! the tanner he cryde,
Whair-eir he gae, whair-eir he ryde,
My love with hiin maun still abýde; That ever I sawe this daye!
In weil or wae, whair-eir he gae, Thou art a strong thefe, yon come thy fellowes
Mine hart can neir depart him frae. Will beare my cowe-hide away.
Balow, &e. They are no thieves, the king replyde, I sweare, so mote I thee :
But doe not, doe not, prettie mine, But they are the lords of the north countrèy,
To faynings fals thine hart incline : Here come to hunt with mee.
Be loyal to thy luver trew,
And nevir change hir for a new : And soone before our king they came,
If gude or faire, of hir have care, And knelt downe on the grounde :
For womens banning's wonderous sair. Then might the tanner have beene awaye,
Bolow, &c. He had lever than twentye pounde.
Bairne, sin thy cruel father is gane, A coller, a coller, here, sayd the kinge,
Thy winsome smiles maun eise my paine : A coller, he loud did crye.
My babe and I'll together live, Then woulde he lever than twentye pounde
| He'll comfort me when cares doe grieve: He had not been so nighe.
My babe and I right saft will ly, A coller, a coller, the tanner he sayd,
And quite forget man's cruelty._ I trowe it will breede sorrowe:
Balow, &c. After a coller comes a halter,
Fareweil, fareweil, thou falsest youth, And I shall be hanged to-morrowe.
That ever kist a woman's mouth! Away with thy feare, thou jolly tanner; I wish all maids be warn'd by mee,
For the sport thou hast shewn to mee, Nevir to trust man's curtesy; I wote noe halter thou shalt weare,
For if we doe bot chance to bow, But thou shalt have a knight's fee.
They'lle use us than they care not how. For Plumpton parke I will give thee,
Balow, my babe, ly stil and sleipe ! With tenements faire beside,
It grieves ine sair to see thee weipe. "Tis worth three hundred markes by the yeare,
$ 117. Corydon's doleful Knell.. To maintain thy good cowe-hide.
The burthen of the song, Ding, Dong, &c. is at preGramercye, my liege, the tanner replyde, sent appropriated to burlesque subjects, and thereFor the favour thou hast me showne;
fore may excite only ludicrous ideas in a modern If ever thou comest to merry Tamworth,
reader, but in the time of our poet it usually acNeates leather shall clout thy shoen.
companied the most solemn and mournful strains.
My Phillida, adieu, love ! $ 116. Lady Ann Bothwell's Lament. A For evermore farewell! Scottish Song.
Ay me! I've lost my true love, The subject of this pathetic ballad is, A lady of quality,
"And thus I ring her knel). of the name of BOTHWELL, or rather BOSWELL,
Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, having been, together with her child, deserted by
My Phillida is dead ! her husband, or lover, composed these affecting
I'll stick a branch of willow lines herself.
At my fair Phillis' head. BALOw, iny babe, ly stil and sleipe!
For my fair Phillida It grieves me sair to see thee weipe;
Our bridal bed was made: if thoust be silent, Ise be glad,
But stead of silkes so gay, (by training waks my heart ful sad.
She in her shroud is laid. Ding, &c. Her corpse shall be attended
| With an old hall, hung about with pikes, guns, By maides in faire array,
and bows, Till th' obsequies are ended,
With old swords, and bucklers, that had borne And she is wrapt in clay. Ding, &c. many shrewde blows, Her herse it shall be carried
And an old frize coat, to cover bis worship's By youths that do excel;
trunk hose, And when that she is buried,
And a cup of old sherry to comfort his copper I thus will ring her knell. Ding, &c.
Like an old courtier, &c. (nose, A garland shall be framed
With a good old fashion, when Christmasse By art and nature's skill,
was come, Of sundry-colour'd flowers,
To call in all his old neighbours with bagpipe In token of good-will* ;
With good cheer enough to furnish every old And sundry-colour'd ribbands
And old liquor able to make a cat speak, and On it I will bestow;
man dumb; But chiefly blacke aud yellowe
Like an old courtier, &c. With her to grave shall go. Ding, &c. |
With an old falconer, huntsman, and a kennel I'll deck her tomb with Aowers,
of hounds, The rarest ever seen;.
That never hawked nor hunted but in his own And with my tears, as showers,
grounds, I'll keepe them fresh and green. Ding, &c. | Who, like a wise man, kept himself within Instead of fairest colours,
his own bounds, Set forth with curious artt,
And when he dyed gave every child a thousand Her image shall be painted
good pounds; On my distressed heart. Ding, &c
Like an old courtier, &c. And thereon shall be graven
But to his eldest son his house and land be as. Her epitaph so faire,
[tifull mind, “ Here lies the loveliest maiden
Charging him in his will to keep the old bous“That e'er gave shepherd care.” Ding, &c. | To be good to his old tenants, and to his neighIn sable will I mourne ;
bours be kind : Blacke shall be all my weede :
But in the ensuing ditty you shall hear how be Ay me! I am forlorne,
was inclin'd, Now Phillida is dead. Ding, &c.
Like a young courtier of the king's,
And the king's young courtier. 818. The old and young Courtier. Like a flourishing young gallant, newly come
to his land, The subject of this excellent old song is a comparison who keeps a brace of painted madams at his between the manners of the old gentry as still sub
command, sisting in the times of Elizabeth, and the modern
And takes up a thousand pound upon his fa refinements affected by their sons in the reigns of
ther's land, her successors.
And gets drunk in a tavern, till he can neither An old song made by an aged old pate,
go nor stand! Of an old worshipful gentleman who had a
Like a young courtier, &c. great estate, That kept a brave old house at a bountiful rate,
With a new-fangled lady, that is dainty, nice, And an old porter to relieve the poor at his gate;
and spare, Like an old courtier of the queen's,
Who never knew what belonged to good And the queen's old courtier.
house-keeping, or care; With an old ladywhose anger one word asswages;
Who buys gaudy-colour'd fans to play with They every quarter paid their old servants their
And seven or eight different dressings of other wages, And never knew what belonged to coachman,
women's hair ; footmen, nor pages,
Like a young courtier, &c. But kept twenty old fellows with blue coats and With a new-fashion'd hall, built where the Like an old courtier, &c.
old one stood, With an old study 611'd full of learned old books, Hung round with new pictures that do the With an old reverend chaplain, you might poor no good, know him by his looks,
With a fine marble chimney, wherein bursi With an old buttery-hatch worn quite off the neither coal nor wood, hooks, 1
szen old cooks ; | And a new smoath shovelboard, whereon sa And an old kitchen that maintain'd half a do victuals e'er stood; Like an old courtier, &c.
Like a young courtier, &c. • It is a custom in many parts of England, to carry a fine garland before the corpse of a w man who dies unmarried.
+ This alludes to the painted effigies of alabaster anciently erected upon tombs and monument. With a new study stuft full of pamphlets and The cynic loves his poverty ; plays,
(prays, The pelican her wilderness; And a new chaplain, that swears faster than he! And 'tis the Indian's pride to be With a new buitery-hatch that opens once in
Naked on frozen Caucasus : four or five days,
Contentment cannot smart; Stoics, we see; And a new French cook to devise fine kick- / Make torments easie to their apathy.
shaws and toys;
These manicles upon my arm
I as my mistress' favours wear;
And, for to keep my ancles warm, ing on,
I have some iron shackles there:
| These walls are but my garrison; this cell, must be gone, And leave none to keep house, but our new
Which men call jail, doth prove my citadel. porter John,
I'm in the cabinet lock'd up,
Or, like the great mogul or pope,
Am cloyster'd up from public sight: With a new gentleman-usher, whose carriage
Retiredness is a piece of majesty, is complete,
And thus, proud Sultan, I'm as great as thee. With a new coachman, footmen, and pages to Here sin for want of food must starve.
carry up the meat, With a waiting gentlewoman, whose dressing
Where tempting objects are not seen ;'
And these strong walls do only serve is very neat, Who, when her lady has din d, lets the ser- | Malice of late's grown charitable, sure:
To keep vice out, and keep me in: vants not eat;
I'm not committed, but am kept secure. Like a young courtier, &c. With new titles of honor bought with his fa-1
So he that struck at Jason's life, ther's old gold,
Thinking t' have made his purpose sure, For which sundry of his ancestors' old manors l By a malicious friendly knife, are sold ;
Thold. Did only wound him to a cure. And this is the course most of our new gallants Malice, I see, wants wit; for what is meant Which makes that good house-keeping is now
Mischief, oftimes proves favour by th' event. grown so cold
When once my prince affliction hath,
Prosperity doth treason seem;
And to make smooth so rough a path,
I can learn patience from him : $ 119. Loyally confined.
Now not to suffer, shows no loyal heart; This excellent old song is preserved in David Lloyd's Whenkings want case, subjects must beara part. ** Memoires of those that suffered in the cause of Charles I.” He speaks of it as the composition of
What though I cannot see my king,
Neither in person or in coin; a worthy personage, who suffered deeply in those times, and was still living, with no other reward
Yet contemplation is a thing than the conscience of having suffered. The au That renders what I have not mine : thor's name he has not mentioned; but, if tradition My king from me what adamant cap part, may be credited, this song was written by Sir R. Whom I do wear engraven on my heart ! L'ESTRANGE Beat on, proud billows ; Boreas, blow;
Have you not seen the nightingale, Swell, curled waves, high as Jove's roof;
A prisoner like, coopt in a cage;
llow doth she chant her wonted tale Your incivility doth show, That inuocence is tempest-proof;
In that her narrow hermitage ! Though surly Nereus frown, my thoughts are
Even then her charming melody doth prove calm;
(That all her bars are trecs, her cage a grove. Then strike, Amfiction, for thy wounds are balın.
I am that bird, whom they combine · That which the world miscalls a jail,
Thus to deprive of liberty; A private closet is to me:
But though they do my corps confine, Whilst a good conscience is my bail,
Yet, maugre hate, my soul is free: And innocence my liberty;
And though immur'd, yet can I chirp, and sing Locks, bars, and solitude, together met,
Disgrace to rebels, glory to my king!
My soul is free as ambient air,
Although my baser part's inimew'd, As if their wisdoms had conspir'd
Whilst loyal thoughts do still repair The salamander should be burn'd:
T' accompany my solitude: Or like those sophists that would drown a fish, | Although rebellion do my body binde, am constrain d to suffer what I wish. My king alone can captivate my minde.
$ 120. To Althea from Prison. B. Why does she weep, thy bonny bonny bride! This excellent Sonnet, which possessed a high degree
Why does she weep, thy winsome marrow? of fame among the old Cavaliers, was written by
1 And why dare ye nae mair weil be seen Colonel Richard Lovelace during his confinement Puing the birks on the Braes of Yarrow! in the Gate-house, Westminster; to which he was
| A. Lang maun she weep, lang maun she, maun committed by the House of Commons, in April 1642,
she weep, for presenting a petition from the county of Kent, requesting them to restore the king to his rights,
Lang maun she weep with dule and sorrow; and to settle the government. See Wood's Athena,
And lang maun I nae mair weil be seen vol. ii. p. 228; where may be seen at large the af
Puing the birks on the Braes of Yarrow: fecting story of this elegant writer; who, after having
For she has tint her luver, luver dear, been distinguished for every gallant and polite ac
Her luver dear, the cause of sorrow; complishment, the pattern of his own sex, and the darling of the ladies, died in the lowest wretchedness,
And I hae slain the comliest swain obscurity, and want, in 1658.
That eir pu'd birks on the Braes of Yarrow. When love with unconfined wings
Why rins thy stream, O Yarrow, Yarrow reid? Hovers within my gates,
Whyon thy braes heard the voice of sorrow And my divine Althea brings
And why yon melancholious weids To wbisper at my grates ;
Hung on the bonny birks of Yatfow? When I lye tangled in her haire,
What's yonder Aoats on the rueful, ruefal And feiter'd with her eye,
Aude? The birds that wanton in the aire.
What's yonder floats? O dule and sorrow! Know no such libertie.
O'tis he, the comely swain I slew When Rowing cups run swiftly round
Upon the duleful Braes of Yarrow! With no allaying Thames,
Wash, O wash his wounds, his wounds in Our carelesse heads with roses crown'd, Our hearts with loyal fames;
His wounds in tears, with dule and sorrow, When thirsty griefe in wine we steepe,
And wrap his limbs in mourning weids, When healths and drafts goe free,
And lay him on the Braes of Yarrow ! Fishes that tipple in the deepe,
Then build, then build, ye sisters, sisters sad, Know no such libertie.
Ye sisters sad, his tomb with sorrow; When, linnet-like, confined I
And weep around in waeful wise With shriller note shall sing
His hapless fate on the Braes of Yarrow. The mercye, sweetness, majestye,
Curse ye, curse ye, his useless, useless shield, And glories, of my king;
My arm that wrought the deed of sorrow, When I shall voyce aloud how good
The fatal spear that pierc'd his breast, He is, how great should be,
His comely breast on the Braes of Yarrow Th' enlarged windes that curle the flood · Know no such libertie.
Did I not warn thee, not to, not to lave?
And warn from fight? but, to my sorrow, Stone walls do not a prison make,
Too rashly bauld, a stronger arni Nor iron barres a cage;
Thou mett'st, and fell'st on the Bros al Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage:
Yarrow. If I have freedom in my love,
Sweet smells the birk, green grows, grexa And in my soul am free,
grows the grass, Angels alone, that soare above,
Yellow on Yarrow's banks the gowan, Enjoy such libertie.
Fair hangs the apple frae the rock,
Sweet the wave of Yarrow flowan.
Flows Yarrow sweet? as sweet, as sweet 6121. The Braes of Yarrow, in Imitation of the ancient Scots Manner.
As green its grass, its gowan as yellow: Was written by William Hamilton of Bangour, 1 As sweet smells on its braes the birk,
Esq. who died March 25, 1754, aged 50. The apple frae its rock as mellow. A. Busk ye, busk ye, my bonny bonny bride, Fair was thy luve, fair, fair indeed thy lot
Busk ye, busk ye, my winsome inarrow, In flow'ry bands thou didst him fetter: Busk ye, busk ye, my bonny bonny bride, Though he was fair, and well beluv'd aga
And think nomairon the Braes of Yarrow. Than me he never lov'd thee better. B. Where gat ye that bonny bonny bride? Busk ye, then busk, my bonny bondy beide Where gat ye that winsome marrow?
Busk ye, busk ye, my winsome marre A. I zat her where I dare na weil be seen, Busk ye, and luve me on the banks of Tree
Puing the birks on the Braes of Yarrow. And think nae mairon the Braes of Yanor Wednot, werp not, iny bonny bonuy bride! B. How can I busk a bonny bonny bride?
Weep not, weep not, my winsome marrow! | How can I busk a winsome marrone? Nor let thy heart lainent to leive
How luve him upon the banks of Twood Puing the birks on the Braes of Yarrow. That slew my luve on the Braes of Yamas