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And now farewell both spear and shield,
Caliver, pistol, arquebuse,
To think that I must leave you thus;
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.
And 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 I 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,
With flaggons fill’d with wine, and ale, and beer,
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,
hawk; Backwards and forwards, take hands then, in and
out; 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 mast
Dancers, besides, may claim a kiss of right,
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!
walk; 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 pass : and now “ sir 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, “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
Such curtsies low, with“ Pray you pardon me"« You shall not chuse"--" In faith you are to
66 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 ;