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The Sun was set; the night came on apace, With my sharp heel I three times mark the And falling dews bewet around the place;
ground, The bat takes airy rounds on leathern wings, And turn me thrice around, around, around.' And the hoarse owl his woful dirges sings;
"Last May-day fair I search'd to find a snail, The prudent maiden deems it now too late,
That might my secret lover's name reveal. 50 And, till to-morrow comes, defers her fate.
Upon a gooseberry-bush a snail I found,
I seiz'd the vermin, whom I quickly sped,
And on the earth the milk-white embers spread.
Slow crawld the snail; and, if I right can spell, HOBNELIA.
In the soft ashes mark'd a curious L.
Oh, may this wondrous omen lucky prove! HOBNELIA, seated in a dreary vale,
For L is found in Lubberkin and Love. In pensive mood rehears'd her piteous tale;
With my sharp heel I three times mark the Her piteous tale the winds in sighs bemoan,
ground, And pining echo answers groan for groan. "I rue the day, a rueful day, I trow,
And turn me thrice around, around, around.' The woful day, a day indeed of woe!
"Two hazel-nuts I threw into the flame, When Lubberkin to town his cattle drove,
And to each nut I gave a sweetheart's name; A maiden fine bedight he hapt to love;
This with the loudest bounce me sore amaz'd, The maiden fine bedight his love retains,
That in a flame of brightest color blaz'd. And for the village he forsakes the plains. 10 As blaz'd the nut, so may thy passion grow; Return, my Lubberkin, these ditties hear;
For 'twas thy nut that did so brightly glow. Spells will I try, and spells shall ease my care. With my sharp heel I three times mark the With my sharp heel I three times mark the
And turn me thrice around, around, around.' 68 And turn me thrice around, around, around.' “As peascods once I pluck'd, I chanc'd to see “When first the year I heard the cuckoo sing,
One that was closely fillid with three times three: And call with welcome note the budding spring,
Which, when I cropp'd, I safely home convey'd,
And o'er the door the spell in secret laid;
My wheel I turn'd, and sung a ballad new,
While from the spindle I the fleeces drew;
The latch mov'd up, when, who should first come in, Upon a rising bank I sat adown,
20 Then doff'd my shoe, and, by my troth, I swear,
But, in his proper person—Lubberkin. Therein I spied this yellow frizzled hair,
I broke my yarn, surpris'd the sight to see ; As like to Lubberkin's in curl and hue,
Sure sign that he would break his word with me.
Eftsoons I join'd it with my wonted sleight: As if upon his comely pate it grew.
So may again his love with mine unite! 80 With my sharp heel I three times mark the With my sharp heel I three times mark the ground,
ground, And turn me thrice around, around, around.'
And turn me thrice around, around, around.' “At eve last Midsummer no sleep I sought,
“This lady-fly I take from off the grass, But to the field a bag of hemp seed brought;
Whose spotted back might scarlet red surpass. I scatter'd round the seed on every side,
\Fly, lady-bird, North, South, or East, or West, And three times in a trembling accent cried, 30 Fly where the man is found that I love best. • This hemp-seed with my virgin hand I sow, THe leaves my hand ; see, to the West he's flown, Who shall my true-love be, the crop shall mow.' To call my true love from the faithless town. I straight look'd back, and, if my eyes speak truth,
| With my sharp heel I three times mark the With his keen scythe behind me came the youth.
ground, With my sharp heel I three times mark the And turn me thrice around, around, around.' 90 ground,
“I pare this pippin round and round again, And turn me thrice around, around, around.'
My shepherd's name to flourish on the plain,
Yet on my heart a fairer L is seen
With my sharp heel I three times mark the To milk my kine (for so should huswives do);
Ver. 64.- yw ddai Af didi dáovay
Ver. 66. Ver. 8. Dight, or bedight, from the Saxon word dighlan, Daphnis me malus urit, ego hanc in Daphnide. which signifies to set in order.
Virg. Ver. 21. Doff and don, contracted from the words do off Ver. 93. Transque caput jace; ne respexeris. and do on
- This pippua sheil another trial make,
From the tall els a shower of beste is borde, See from the core two kernels brown i take; 100 Add the lost beasty area beeche moun This on my cheek for Labbertin is wom;
Yet evin this season pleasante beste sords, Ani Boobsed on to ber side is borne.
Yow the squeer'd press fose with our apple boards Bat Boobgelod soon drops upon the ground, Come, let us kse, and got a cheery bowl, A certain soten that has lore's unsound;
Let cadet new = wash sorrow from thy soal' 10 While Lobberkin socks firmly to the last; Oh, were his lips to mine bot join'd so fast!
cznNXOL • With my sharp heel I three times mark the
a bat Ab. Bazkines! since shoe fruma bence wert gone, And turn me thrice around, around, around"
From these sad plans all rerriment is own;
Should I reveal my grief twock spoil thy cheer, - As Lubberkin ooce slept beneath a tree, And make thine eye o'ertow with many a tear. I twitch'd his dangling garter from his knee 110 He wist not wben the bemped string I drew, Now mine I quickly dot. of intle bine. Together fast I tie the garters twain;
1 - Hang sorrow Let's to yooder but repair, And while I knit the knot repeat this strain: And with trim sonnets - cast away our care.** • Three times a true-lore's kno$ I tie secure, - Gillian of Croydon well thy pipe can play: Firm be the knot, firm may his love endure. Thou sing'st most sweet, -O'er bills and far away.* With my sharp heel [ three times mark the
the Of Patient Grissel I devise to sing, ground,
And catebes cosint shall make the valleys ring. 20 And turn me thrice aroand, ground. around' ¡Cose, Gruboudol. beneath this shelter, come :
From hence we view our focks securely roam
Yes, blithesome lad, a tale I mean to sing, Straight to the 'pothecary's shop I weat,
Bat with my woe sball distant valleys ring. And in love-powder all my money spent.
The tale skall make our kidlings droop their head, Bebap what will, nert Sunday, after prayers, For, wo is me oor Blouzelind is dead! When to the alehouse Labberkin repairs, These golden fies into his mug I'll throw,
BOXEIXET. And soon the swain with fervent love shall glow.
Is Blouzelinda dead! farewell, my glee ! • With my sharp heel I three times mark the Xo happiness is now reserv'd for me. ground,
As the wood-pigeon cooes without his mate,
So shall my dolefol dirge bewail her fate 30 * But hold our Lightfoot barks, and cocks his Of Blouzelinda fair I mean to tell.
The peerless maid that did all maids excel. O'er yonder stile see Labberkin appears.
Henceforth the morn shall dewy sorrow shed,
Henceforth, as oft as Autumn shall return,
The season quite shall strip the country's pride,
40 Where'er I gad, I Blouzeliod shall view, Bumkinet, Grubbinol.
Woods, dairy, barn, and mows, our passion knew,
When I direet my eyes to yonder wood,
Fresh rising sorrow cordles in my blood.
Thither I're often been the damsel's guide, There's sorrow in thy look, if right I deem.
When rotten sticks our fuel have supplied; "Tis true yon oaks with yellow tops appear,
There I remember how her fagots large
Were frequently these happy shoulders' charge.
Or when her feeding hogs had missd their way, Ver. 109.
Or wallowing 'mid a feast of acorns lay;
dirige in the popish hymn, därige gressus meus, as some Has berbas, atque hæc Ponto mihi leeta venena
pretend; but from tbe Teutonic dyrke, laudare, to praise Ipse dedit Meris.
and extol. Whence it is possible their dyrke, and our Ver. 127.- lody kardo sign sica. Theoc.
dirge, was a laudatory song to commemorate and appland tbe dead.
Cowells Interpreter. Ver. 131 Nescio quid certe est ; et Hylas in limine latrat. Ver. 15.
Incipe, Mopse, prior, si quos aut Phyllidis ignes • Dirge, or dyrge, a mournful ditty.or song of lamenta. Aut Alconis habes laudes, aut jurgia Codri. Virg. tion, over the dead; not a contraction of the Latin Ver. n. Glee, joy; from the Dutch gloora, to recreate Th' untoward creatures to the sty I drove,
The boding raven on her cottage sate, And whistled all the way—or told my love. And with hoarse croaking warn'd us of her fate; If by the dairy's hatch I chance to hie,
The lambkin, which her wonted tendance bred, I shall her goodly countenance espy;
Dropp'd on the plains that fatal instant dead; For there her goodly countenance I've seen, Swarmd on a rotten stick the bees I spied, Set off with kerchief starch'd and pinners clean; Which erst I saw when Goody Dobson died. Sometimes, like wax, she rolls the butter round, How shall I, void of tears, her death relate, Or with the wooden lily prints the pound. 60 When on her darling's bed her mother sate! 110 Whilom I've seen her skim the clouted cream, These words the dying Blouzelinda spoke, And press from spungy curds the milky stream: And of the dead let none the will revoke : But now, alas! these ears shall hear no more “Mother," quoth she, “ let not the poultry need. The whining swine surround the dairy door; And give the goose wherewith to raise her breed : No more her care shall fill the hollow tray, Be these my sister's care-and every morn To fat the guzzling hogs with floods of whey. Amid the ducklings let her scatter corn; Lament, ye swine, in grunting spend your grief, The sickly calf that's hous'd be sure to tend, For you, like me, have lost your sole relief. Feed him with milk, and from bleak colds defend.
When in the barn the sounding flail I ply, Yet ere I die-see, mother, yonder shelf, Where from her sieve the chaff was wont to fly; 70 There secretly I've bid my worldly pelf. 120 The poultry there will seem around to stand, Twenty good shillings in a rag I laid ; Waiting upon her charitable hand.
Be ten the parson's, for my sermon paid. No succor meet the poultry now can find,
The rest is yours-my spinning-wheel and rake For they, like me, have lost their Blouzelind.. Let Susan keep for her dear sister's sake; Whenever by yon barley-mow I pass,
My new straw hat, that's trimly lin'd with green, Before my eyes will trip the tidy lass.
Let Peggy wear, for she's a damsel clean.
130 Ah, Blouzelind! that mow I ne'er shall see, Thus spoke the maiden, while the mother cried ; But thy memorial will revive in me.
And peaceful, like the harmless lamb, she died. Lament, ye fields, and rueful symptoms show; | To show their love, the neighbors far and near Henceforth let not the smelling primrose grow; Follow'd with wistful look the damsel's bier. Let weeds, instead of butter-flowers, appear, Sprig'd rosemary the lads and lasses bore, And meads, instead of daisies, hemlock bear; While dismally the parson walk'd before. For cowslips sweet let dandelions spread; Upon her grave the rosemary they threw, For Blouzelinda, blithesome maid, is dead! The daisy, butter-flower, and endive blue Lament, ye swains, and o'er her grave bemoan, After the good man warnd us from his text, 139 And spell ye right this verse upon her stone: 90 That none could tell whose turn would be the next; “Here Blouzelinda lies—Alas, alas!
He said, that Heaven would take her soul, no Weep, shepherds—and remember flesh is grass."
doubt, And spoke the hour-glass in her praise-quite out
To her sweet memory, flowery garlands strung, GRUBBINOL.
O'er her now empty seat aloft were hung.
With wicker rods we fenc'd her tomb around, Albeit thy songs are sweeter to mine ear,
To ward from man and beast the hallow'd ground; Than to the thirsty cattle rivers clear;
Lest her new grave the parson's cattle raze, Or winter porridge to the laboring youth,
For both his horse and cow the church-yard graze. Or buns and sugar to the damsel's tooth;
Now we trudg'd homeward to her mother's farm, Yet Blouzelinda's name shall tune my lay,
To drink new cider mullid with ginger warm. 150 Of her I'll sing for ever and for aye.
For Gaffer Treadwell told us, by the by,
While paddling ducks the standing lake desire,
While moles the crumbled earth in hillocks raise; Ver. 84.
So long shall swains tell Blouzelinda's praise. Pro molli viola, pro purpureo narcisso,
Thus wail'd the louts in melancholy strain, Carduus et spinis surgit paliurus acutis.
Till bonny Susan sped across the plain. 160
They seiz'd the lass in apron clean array'd, Ver. 90.
And to the ale-house forc'd the willing maid ; Et tumulum tacite, et tumulo superaddite carmen. In ale and kisses they forget their cares,
Virg. | And Susan Blouzelinda's loss repairs.
Dumque thymo pascentur apes, dum rore cicadæ,
Semper honos, nomenque tuum, laudesque manebunt. Ver. 96. An imitation of Theocritus.
For owls, as swains observe, detest the light, SATURDAY; OR, THE FLIGHTS. And only sing and seek their prey by night.
How turnips hide their swelling heads below: BOWZYBEUS.
And how the closing coleworts upwards grow;
How Will-o-wisp misleads night-faring clowns SUBLIMER strains, O rustic Muse! prepare ;
O'er hills, and sinking bogs, and pathless downs. Forget awhile the barn and dairy's care;
or stars he told, that shoot with shining trail, Thy homely voice to loftier numbers raise,
And of the glow-worm's light that gilds his tail. 60 The drunkard's flights require sonorous lays;
He sung where woodcocks in the Summer feed, With Bowzy beus' songs exalt thy verse,
And in what climates they renew their breed, While rocks and woods the various notes rehearse.
(Some think to northern coasts their flight they tend 'Twas in the season when the reapers' toil
Or to the Moon in midnight hours ascend); Of the ripe harvest 'gan to rid the soil ;
Where swallows in the Winter's season keep, Wide through the field was seen a goodly rout,
And how the drowsy bat and dormouse sleep; Clean damsels bound the gather'd sheaves about; 10
How Nature does the puppy's eyelid close The lads, with sharpen'd hook and sweating brow,
Till the bright Sun has nine times set and rose; Cut down the labors of the winter plow.
(For huntsmen by their long experience find, To the near hedge young Susan steps aside,
That puppies still nine rolling suns are blind.) 70 She feign'd her coat or garter was untied;
Now he goes on, and sings of fairs and shows, Whate'er she did, she stoop'd adown unseen,
For still new fairs before his eyes arose. And merry reapers what they list will ween.
How pedlars' stalls with glittering toys are laid, Soon she rose up, and cried with voice so shrill,
The various fairings of the country maid.
Long silken laces hang upon the twine,
And rows of pins and amber bracelets shine ;
How the tight lass knives, combs, and scissors spies, When fast asleep they Bowzy beus spied,
And looks on thimbles with desiring eyes. His hat and oaken staff lay close beside;
Of lotteries next with tuneful note he told, That Bowzy beus who could sweetly sing,
Where silver spoons are won, and rings of gold. 80 Or with the rosin'd bow torment the string;
The lads and lasses trudge the street along, That Bowzy beus who, with fingers speed,
And all the fair is crowded in his song. Could call soft warblings from the breathing reed;
The mountebank now treads the stage, and sells That Bowzybeus who, with jocund tongue,
His pills, his balsams, and his ague-spells; Ballads and roundelays and catches sung:
Now o'er and o'er the nimble tumbler springs, They loudly laugh to see the damsel's fright, And in disport surround the drunken wight.
And on the rope the venturous maiden swings; 30
Jack Pudding in his party-color'd jacket “Ah, Bowzybee, why didst thou stay so long? The mugs were large, the drink was wond'rous
Tosses the glove, and jokes at every packet.
Of raree-shows he sung, and Punch's feats, strong! Thou shouldst have left the fair before 'twas night;
of pockets pick'd in crowds, and various cheats. 90
| Then sad he sung the Children in the Wood : But thou sat'st toping till the morning light." Cicely, brisk maid, steps forth before the rout,
(Ah, barbarous uncle, stain'd with infant blood !) And kiss'd with smacking lip the snoring lout:
How blackberries they pluck'd in deserts wild,
And fearless at the glittering falchion smild; (For custom says, “Whoe'er this venture proves,
Their little corpse the robin-red-breasts found, For such a kiss demands a pair of gloves.")
And strow'd with pious bill the leaves around. By her example Dorcas bolder grows,
un (Ah, gentle birds! if this verse lasts so long, And plays a tickling straw within his nose. 40
24 Your names shall live for ever in my song.) He rubs his nostril, and in wonted joke
For Buxom Joan he sung the doubtful strife, The sneering swains with stammering speech be
How the sly sailor made the maid a wife. 100 spoke : “To you, my lads, I'll sing my carols o'er,
To louder strains he rais'd his voice, to tell As for the maids—I've something else in store."
What woful wars in Chevy-chace befell,
When Percy drove the deer with hound and horn, No sooner 'gan he raise his tuneful song,
Wars to be wept by children yet unborn!
Ah, Witherington! more years thy life had crown'd, Sings with a note so shrilling sweet and loud;
If thou hadst never heard the horn or hound ! Nor parish-clerk, who calls the psalm so clear,
Yet shall the 'squire, who fought on bloody stumps, Like Bowzy beus soothes th' attentive ear.
50 By future bards be wail'd in doleful dumps.
All in the land of Essex next he chants, 109 Of Nature's laws his carols first begun, Why the grave owl can never face the Sun.
How to sleek mares starch Quakers turn gallants :
Ver. 51. Our swain had possibly read Tusser, from
might have collected these philosophical ob.
Ver. 99. A song in the comedy of Love for Love, be
How the grave brother stood on bank so green-
Then he was seiz'd with a religious qualm,
He sung of Taffey Welch, and Sawney Scot, Lilly-bullero, and the Irish Trot. Why should I tell of Bateman, or of Shore, Or Wantley's Dragon, slain by valiant Moor, The Bower of Rosamond, or Robin Hood, And how the grass now grows where Troy town stood ?
120 His carols ceas'd: the listening maids and swains Seem still to hear some soft imperfect strains. Sudden he rose ; and, as he reels along, Swears kisses sweet should well reward his song. The damsels laughing fly: the giddy clown Again upon a wheat-sheaf drops adown; The power that guards the drunk, his sleep attends, Till ruddy, like his face, the Sun descends.
When, starting from her silver dream,
« That Raven on yon left-hand oak
She, sprawling in the yellow road, Rail'd, swore, and curs'd : “Thou croaking toad, A murrain take thy whoreson throat! I knew misfortune in the note."
“Dame," quoth the Raven, “spare your oaths Unclench your fist, and wipe your clothes. But why on me those curses thrown? Goody, the fault was all your own; For, had you laid this brittle ware On Dun, the old sure-footed mare, Though all the Ravens of the hundred With croaking had your tongue out-thunder'd Şure-footed Dun had kept her legs, And you, good woman, sav'd your eggs."
THE FARMER'S WIFE AND THE RAVEN.
“Way are those tears ? why droops your head ?
" Alas! you know the cause too well ;
“Unhappy Widow, cease thy tears,
Betwixt her swagging panniers' load
THE TURKEY AND THE ANT.
A Turkey, tir'd of common food,
“ Draw near, my birds! the mother cries, This hill delicious fare supplies ; Behold the busy negro race, See millions blacken all the place! Fear not; like me, with freedom eat; An Ant is most delightful meat. How bless'd, how envied, were our life, Could we but 'scape the poulterer's knife; But man, curs'd man, on Turkeys preys, And Christmas shortens all our days. Sometimes with oysters we combine, Sometimes assist the savory chine; From the low peasant to the lord, The Turkey smokes on every board. Sure men for gluttony are curs'd, Of the seven deadly sins the worst."
An Ant, who climb'd beyond his reach, Thus answer'd from the neighboring beech “ Ere you remark another's sin, Bid thy own conscience look within; Control thy more voracious bill, Nor for a breakfast nations kill."
Virg. Ver. 117. Quid loquar aut Scyllam Nisi, &c.
Virg. Ver. 117--120. Old English ballads.