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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;

younge maids now adayes are soe coy, the 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.


say no.

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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;

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,
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.


Her sister

in a



His wiffe had a sister neere at hand,
vр gowne


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

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

her brothers & sisters each one.
16 shee vowed to bring her to 5 capon pyes,

with birds the sids vpon.
take heed &c.

and she promises her two capon pies for her wedding feast.

Panche's wife


But yet the good wiffe, tho litle shee sayd,

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

ynto the wedding goe.

1 A Droll old Song, rather vulgar.-P.

? There is a tag like an s at the end. -F.

4 One stroke too few in the first syllable.-F.

3 dimer in the MS.-F.

5 two.-P.

tries to persuade him



"good husband," then sayd shee,

" at the wedding there will bee
my vnckle Iohn, & my cozen Gylee, ?

& others of good degree;
bis then stay you at home, my dere,
28 [then stay you'at home, my dere,]

not to go to the wedding,

as he'll shame her

and all his kindred



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,

feed soe Monst[r]ouslye
aboue all other men,

deuoure more meate at a meale
then 40 will doe at ten.” : 1
take heede &c.


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When that he heard his wiffe say, soe,

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 2

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.

| Giles.-P.

2 i.e. disorderly.-P.

Panche agrees; goes to the wedding;


56 The man was content; to'the 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?; 64 & 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 surloynie of beefe,
& mincte


2 or three :
he neuer looked about, 1:111 1'}

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.

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


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and nearly clears the table,



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The time drew on when euerye man

vnto his rest did goe;
but Paunch lay grunting by his wiffe,

which made her wonderous woe.


1 Gallon.-P. 2 appetée.-P.
3. leer'd.-P.
4 wink her eye.-P.;

5 A long upright stroke is between
these words in the MS.-F."
it 6 tane."


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