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Her mill has plenty of water.


looke in the dam, & you may spye
heere is soe much that some runs by ;
there neuer came a yeere soe drye

cold keepe this Mill ffrom grindinge.
yett shee no common Miller is ;
shee does not grind eche plowmans gris ! ;
she needs not, vnless shee list,
but ffor sweet recreation.



i Grist, Corn ground, or fit for grinding ; Meal, Flower.



[Page 461 of MS.]

With this poem may be compared another “Burlesque Receipt” for the same purpose in Reliquiæ Antiquæ, i. 250, “A good medesyn, yff a mayd have lost her madened, to make her a mayd ageyn,” which is taken, says Mr. Halliwell, “from a copy of Caxton's Mirrour of the World, or th' ymage of the same, fol. Lond. 1481, in the King's Library in the British Museum, fol. ult. vo., written by some owner of the book in the year


A maid
went to the
well to wash,


THE: maid, shee went to the well to washe,

Lillumwham, Lillumwham !
the mayd shee went to the well to washe,

whatt then ? what then ?
the maid shee went to the well to washe;
dew ffell of her lilly white fleshe;

Grandam boy, Grandam boy, heye!
8 Leg a derry, Leg a merry, mett, mer, whoope, whir !

driuance, larumben, Grandam boy, heye!

and as she
her clothes,

Whitel shee washee, & whitel shee ronge,

Lillumwham &c:
white shee hangd o the hazle wand,

Grandam boy, heye &c.


1 Is this white for while? There is no loop to the letter, and that makes the difference between the l and t in this

MS. The white of line 6, and of lines 10 and 12, is exactly the same.-F.

a palmer asked her

There came an old Palmer by the way,

Lillumwham &c.
sais, “ god speed thee well thou faire maid!”

Grandam boy, hey &c.



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“That's a story!

Saies, "peace, ffaire mayd! you are fforsworne !

Lillumwham &c.
Nine Children you haue borne;

Grandam boy, heye &c.


You've had 9 children,

and murdered them all !”

“They were buryed vnder thy beds head;

Lillumwham &c:-
other three vnder thy brewing leade?;

Grandam boy, hey &c.


| Three.-P.

2 Lead, a vat for dyeing, &c., Northern; a kitchen copper is sometimes so called.

Halliwell's Gloss. “A forneys of a leed.
Chaucer, Cant. T. Prol. 1. 202.-F.

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“When thou hast thy penance done,

Lillumwham, Lillumwham,
when thou hast thy penance done,

whatt then? what then ?
when thou hast thy penance done,
then thoust come a mayden home."

Grandam boy, Grandam boy, hey!
Leg a derry, Leg a merry, met, mer, whoop, whirr !
driuance, Larumben, Grandam boy, heye!


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See Mr. Dyce's note in the Ballads and Romances of the Folio, ii. 46.-F.

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