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We have not been able to find anything about the origin of this song. Neither Mr. Chappell nor any other song-learned person we have referred to knows it. It seems a notice, on the one hand, to men that a girl's refusal does not always mean a real No, and on the other hand, a warning to girls to beware lest love or waggish inclination tempt them beyond the bounds of prudence. How oft, alas, are they but flies that do play with the candle, and perish, while that burns on its allotted space, with no lessening of its brilliance in the eyes of men !-F.
Men sometimes pro
MEN that more to the yard 1 northe church
pose to girls, take young mayds now & then att lurch
to try their mind;
now adayes are soe coy, thé will not
when they are in loue, But for feare I 2 oft say noe, when perhapps they wold but they're
so coy they fayne doe if itt wold not proue.
If for a time for feare they bee wyllye
and seeme coy,
the blind boy ;
Yet Cupid will pierce their hearts,
1 ? MS. yord.-F.
2 for they.-F.
heele strike home when he please; to the quicke heele shoot
his shaft without delay ; then theyle sigh & lament when, alas, their owne kind hart
cannott say Nay.
The small fly that playeth with the candle
oft doth burne;
maids as doe loue for to dandle
once, may mourne. lett flyes burne, & maids mourne, for in vaine you do perswade
them from their folly; Nature binds all their kinds now & then to play the waggs though thé seeme holy.
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Panche is a great glutton,
was a younge man that dwelt in a towne,
the[n] 20 wold att three.
his wiffe did him provide
yet was he not satisfyed.
and his wife gives him ten meals a day.
His wiffe had a sister neere at hand,
vpon St. Iames his day;
her brothers & sisters each one.
with birds the sids vpon.
But yet the good wiffe, tho litle shee sayd,
in mind & hart was woe
vnto the wedding goe.
| A Droll old Song, rather vulgar.-P. 2 There is a tag like an s at the end. -F. 3 dimer in the MS.-F.
4 One stroke too few in the first syllable.-F.
tries to persuade him
good husband," then sayd shee, 24 " at the wedding there will bee
my vnckle Iohn, & my cozen Gylee,'
& others of good degree;
not to go to the wedding,
by his monstrous eating
“ffor if yo[u] come there, you ytterlye shame (page 239]
yor selfe & me besides,
the Bridgrome & the bryde,
aboue all other men,
deuoure more meate at a meale
When that he heard his wiffe say, soe,
thy councell likes me not!
betwixt some knaue & thee
I smell out thy knauerye!
“Good husband,” quoth shee, “ Misdoubt not of me!
I speake it for the best!
but let me this request,
I see you feeding there,
its time for to forbeare.”. take heed &c.
2 i.e. disorderly.-P.
Panche agrees ; goes to the wedding;
The man was content; toʻthe wedding he went;
great cheare was there prepared ; the Bridsgroome father & mother both
sate there with good régard.
a course of furmitree,
that fitted his appetye 2;
Hee learned 3 on his wiffe, & drew out his kniffe ;
to a legg of Mutton fell hee;
& mincte pyes 2 or three :
but fed with such a courage,
eats, 1. a gallon of furmity, 2. a leg of mutton; 3. a surloin of beef ; 4. some mince pies,
and nearly clears the table.
Seeing his wife wink at him,
he spews up the food, and says,
Then did he spye his wiffe for to winke;
therfore he, to 5 mend the matter,
before them in a platter:
“ & grudg not me my meate;
“ here's your victuals!"