Selected Pieces of Early Popular Poetry: Republished Principally from Early Printed Copies, in the Black Letter, Volume 1

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Edward Vernon Utterson
W. Pickering, 1825
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Page 220 - Come downe now in this seller so deepe, And Morels skin there shall you see, With many a rod that hath made me to weepe, When the blood ranne downe fast by my knee. The mother this beheld, and cryed out alas ! And ran out of the seller as she had bene wood ; She came to the table where the company was, And sayd, out, horeson ! I will see thy harte blood.
Page 195 - They dallyed togither and had good game : He hit her awry ; she cryed, alas ! What doe ye man ? hold vp for shame. I will sweete wife, then gan he say, Fulfill your mynde both loud and still; But ye be able, I sweare in fay, In all sportes to abide my will. And they wrestled so long beforne, That this they had for their greate meade : Both shyrt and smock was all to torne, That their vprysyng had no speede.
Page 182 - But I would haue one that hath some good, As well as I, good reason is : Me thinke he is a lusty blood, But gooddes there must be withouten misse. The yong man was glad these wordes to here, And thanked the mother of her good will, Beholding the Mayden with right mild cheare, And prayed her hartely to be still: Saying to her then in this wise, Mine heart, my loue, my dearling deare, Take no displeasure of my enterprise, That I desyre to be your peare.
Page 191 - ... daughter deare, A pleasaunt thing it is : In all the countrey I know not her peare, So haue I parte of blisse ; For she is wyse and fayre with all, And will nothing cast away : I trow there be now none in this hall, That better can saue all thing in fay. Nor better doth know what doth behoue Unto an house or huswiuery, Then she doth, which causeth me to moue This matter to thee so busily. She can carde, she can spin, She can thresh, and she can fan : She can helpe thee good to win, For to keepe...
Page 204 - At him full soone then she let flee, And whorled about her, as it had bene a man. Her husband then was fayne, perdy, To voyde her stroake, and goe his way than. By Gods deare mother, then gan she sweare, From henceforth I will make thee bow : For I will trim thee in thy geare, Or else I would I were cald a Sow.
Page 194 - And they that did abide there, in good fay, They made at euen agayne good cheare. And after supper they did make good sporte, With dauncing and springing as was the vse : Yong people by other there did resorte, To no mans hynder nor confuse. After that all sportes were ended and done, And that the bryde should goe to bed, Aboute the hall they daunced soone, And suddaynly away the bryde was led...
Page 192 - It should turne playnely to thy greate woe. 0 ! my deare mother, take no displeasure, Till you haue cause what so befall, But vse your selfe alwaye by measure, For other cause none haue you shall. My wyfe and I full well shall gree, 1 trust to God in throne: She is my loue, and euer shall be, And none but she alone. 0 ! my deare sonne, thou makest me glad, Which before was full of sorrowe...
Page 200 - An Oxe for my meyny shall be slayne, And the hyde at the market I will sell. Upon this together home they went: The good man was angry in his minde, But yet to his wife, with good intent, He sayd, sweete heart, you be vnkinde. Entreate our meyny well alway, And geue them meate and drinke ynough ; For they get our liuing euery day, And theirs also, at carte and plough.
Page 216 - For I shall neuer sleepe nor winke Till I get your loue, whatso befall : And I will neuer to you offend, In no maner of wise, of all my lyue; Nor to doe nothing that may pretend To displease you with my wittes fyue. For Father, nor Mother, whatsoeuer they say, I will not anger you, by God in throne, But glad will your commaundementes obay, In presence of people, and eake alone. — Well, on that condicion thou shalt haue Grace, and...
Page 198 - At shorte conclusyon they went their way, Leuing their children all that was there, And come not agayne of many a day, For their deare daughter to inquere. Thus they bode together than : He set vp his shop with haberdash ware, As one that would be a thriuing man, To get great goods for his welfare. And after that he tooke greate payne To order his plowes and cattell also : He kepte both boye, and also swayne, That to the carte and plow did goe. And some kepte neate, and some kept sheepe, Some did...

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