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But yett by prayer & ernest suite
I moued her att the Last;
that hath soe pleasing tast.
shee still this answer said,
i dreanes in the MS.-F. 2 ninde in the MS.-F.
3 Only half an n in the MS.-F.
NOW FYE ON DREAMES.
She let me touch her,
Yett did shee giue me leaue to tuch
her ffoote, her legg, her knee; a litle ffurther was not much,
they way I went was ffree.
66 thus to yndoe a maid ;
[line cut away here by the binder.]
40 But when Aurora, goddesse bright,
appeared ffrom the east,
withdrawen him to his rest;
which makes me still Complaine ;
when I woke,
it was all a dream 1
A Mapden heade.
[Page 508 of MS.]
and lose thy maidenhead,
as the sparrow
COME, sitt thee downe by these Coole 1 streames
my tender youth thy wast shall clippe, 4 & ffix vpon thy Cherry lipp;
& lay thee downe on this greene bed,
See how the litle Phillipp Sparrow,
on yonder bough how he doth proue
teaches thee to do.
marry in youth, or you'll be left
Clothes that imbrothered be with gold, 20 if neuer worne, will quicklye molde ;
if in time you doe not plucke
Then lose your maidenheads soon,
2 A.-S. mace, a wife.-F.
[Page 508 of MS.]
In Mr. Payne Collier's Extracts from the Registers of the Stationers' Company, 1557-70 (Shaksp. Soc. 1848) are two entries, on pages 46, 58, under the year 1561-2, which may relate to this song, but probably don't.
“Rd. of William Shepparde, for his lycense for pryntinge of a ballad intituled, Tom Longe, y Caryer.
iiijd. Rd. of Thomas Hackett, for his fyne, for that he prynted a ballett of Tom longe the Carryer.
ijs vjd. [“ Tom Long, the Carrier” had been licensed to William Shepparde (see p. 46), and Thomas Hackett must have invaded Shepparde's right. The fine was considerable for the time, comparing it with other impositions of the same kind.]”
Come all you men of every kind,
COME in, Tom longtayle, come short hose & round,
Strike home thy pipe, Tom Longe.
Come lowcy, come laced shirt, come damm me, come
and bring each a bit of a girl
Bring a fface out of England, a backe out of france,]
to make one to fit every nation,
Come bring in a wench shall ffitt euery natyon,
and then dress her up.
Come tricke itt, and tire itt, in anticke array !
Here's a health to all
A health to all Captaines that neuer was in warres,
a health to all Ladyes that neuer used Merkin,2 24 yett their stuffe ruffles like Buff lether ierkin !
and honest courtiers, and idlers!
A health to all Courtiers that neuer bend knees !
Strike home the pipe, Tom Long ! ffinis.
1 ? MS.-F.