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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
are oft enclined,

pose to girls, take young mayds now & then att lurch

to try their mind;
But
younge
maids

now adayes are soe coy, thé will not
show

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.

say no.

If for a time for feare they bee wyllye

and seeme coy,
there is one that perhapps may beguile yee,

the blind boy ;

Yet Cupid will pierce their hearts,

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1 ? MS. yord.-F.

2 for they.-F.

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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.

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The small fly that playeth with the candle

oft doth burne;
such
young

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.

ffins.

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Panche.

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Panche is a great glutton,

IT

was a younge man that dwelt in a towne,
a Iollye husband? was hee,
but he wold eate more at one sett dinner 3

the[n] 20 wold att three.
soe great a stomacke had hee,

his wiffe did him provide
ten meales a day, his hungar4 to lay,

yet was he not satisfyed.
take heed of hott furmitree !

and his wife gives him ten meals a day.

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Her sister

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marries,

His wiffe had a sister neere at hand,
decket
in a gowne

of

gray ;
shee loued a young man, & marryed thé weere

vpon St. Iames his day;
& to the wedding went they,

her brothers & sisters each one.
shee vowed to bring her too capon pyes,

with birds the sids vpon.
take heed &c.

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But yet the good wiffe, tho litle shee sayd,

in mind & hart was woe
because her husband, the glutton, wold

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.

5 two.-.P.

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;
bis then stay you at home, my dere,
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not to go to the wedding,

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by his monstrous eating

“ffor if yo[u] come there, you ytterlye shame (page 239]

yor selfe & me besides,
& all your kinred euery one,

the Bridgrome & the bryde,
you feed soe Monst[r]ouslye

aboue all other men,
for
you

deuoure more meate at a meale
then 40 will doe at ten.?! :)
take heede &c.

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Panche gets
angry,
says his wife
has some
plot

When that he heard his wiffe say, soe,
his
anger

waxed hotte:
40 Quoth he," thou drabb! thou filthy Queane !

thy councell likes me not!
belike some match is made

betwixt some knaue & thee
44 to make me a scorne, my head for to horne!

I smell out thy knauerye!
to the wedding that I will goe!”

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“Good husband,” quoth shee, “ Misdoubt not of me!

I speake it for the best!
yet doe as you will, your mind to fulfill ;

but let me this request,
that when ynorderlye ?

I see you feeding there,
when I doe winke, I wold haue you thinke

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its time for to forbeare.”. take heed &c.

1 Giles.-P.

2 i.e. disorderly.-P.

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Panche agrees ; goes to the wedding;

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The man was content; toʻthe wedding he went;

great cheare was there prepared ; the Bridsgroome father & mother both

sate there with good régard.
furst to the table was brough[t]

a course of furmitree,
& Panche had a dish, a galland ? I-wiss,

that fitted his appetye 2;
& quicklye he slapt vp all.

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Hee learned 3 on his wiffe, & drew out his kniffe ;

to a legg of Mutton fell hee;
he slapt it vp breefe, with a surloytie of beefe,

& mincte pyes 2 or three :
he neuer looked about,

but fed with such a courage,
he left for his share the bord almost bare,
or the rest were out of their

porrage.
take heede &c.

eats, 1. a gallon of furmity, 2. a leg of mutton; 3. a surloin of beef ; 4. some mince pies,

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and nearly clears the table.

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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,
76 he cast ýp againe the Meate he had eaten,

before them in a platter:
"take heere your victualls,” hee sayd,

“ & grudg not me my meate;
& where I thinke that welcome I

am,
I cannott forbeare to eate."
take heede &c.

“ here's your victuals!"

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