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All in a greene meadowe.
[Page 518 of MS.]
I heard a nice girl
ALL: in a greene meadow, a riuer running by,
shee sighed and sobbed, & to her selfe sayd,
lamenting that she had lived a maid so long.
Her coyness had pre
“Now in this world no Curtesye is knowen,
n[ise']; but Coyishness, & toyishness, & peeuishness such store hath brought me to this pensiueness, and many mai
vented her enjoying her true love,
“Some dames that are precise, & heare me thus Com
plaine, theyle thinke me fond & Idle, my Creditt much wold
sta[ine.] but lett me ansewre them; the Case might be their
owne ; the wisest on the earth, by loue may be orethrowen ; ffor Cupid is blinded, & cometh in a Cloud, & aimeth att a ragg as soone as att a robe.
“Sith goddesses come downe to iest with such a boy, 20 then hapily poore maidens may tread their shoes
for Helen did it.
few or none can carrye
oftime that they haue vsed before
She resolves to refuse no more,
MS, torn away.
[Tho silly m]aidens nicely deny itt when its offered, and advises
all girls to [yet I wi]sh them wisely to take itt when itts proffered; take it when 32 [If they be li]ke to Cressus to scorne soe true a freind,
[Theyle be] glad to receiue poore Charitye in the end.
[ti]me gone & time past is not recalld againe;
Compare the French Charier droit, to tread straight, to take a right course; to behaue himself honestly, sincerely,
vprightly; or discreetly, warily, aduisedly.-Cot.
Thomas you cannott.
[Page 521 of MS.]
The very attractive air to which the following ballad was sung is to be found in Popular Music of the Olden Time, i. 337, but the words seem to exist only in this Manuscript. Their date cannot be much later than the commencement of James the First's reign, since one of the ballads against the Roman Catholics, written after the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot, was to be sung “to the tune of Thomas, you cannot;" also because the air bears the same name in several collections of music for the virginals of corresponding, if not earlier, date.-W. C.
THOMAS: vntyed his points apace,
& kindly hee beseeches
ffor to yntye 2 his breeches.
lay on a girl,
Thomas, like a lively ladd,
lay close downe by her side :
in conscience, the pore ffoole Cryed.
· Point, a tagged lace, used in tying any part of the dress. Nares.-F.
2 The e has a tag as if for 8.-F.
3 MS. camot.-F.
But then he gott some Courage againe,
She got angry.
He prayed to Venus for help.
This maid was discontented in mind,
& angry was with Thomas,
& cold nott performe his promise.
& hartily he did pray,
till he performed what he did say.
& angry was with Thomas.
they all 4 swore they wold ayd him ;
& downe by her side he laid him.3
She and 3 Gods promised to aid him,