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To the tune of Frog's Galliard.
[Black letter, for the Assigns of Symcocke.]
On yonder hill there springs a flower,
Fair befall the dainty sweet,
Where all the heavenly Muses meet,
Fringed all about with gold,
That ever did mine eyes behold.
It was Phillida fair and bright,
And the shepherd's only joy,
And the blinded little boy,
Whom all the world did joy to see,
There was none but only she.
Thou art the shepherd's queen,
Pity me, thy woful swain,
Dead men restored to life again;
One smiling look and I am gone,
Dead I am to all delights,
Except thy mercy quicken me, Grant, oh queen, or else I die,
A salve for this my malady, The while we sing with cheerful noise,
Wood nymphs and satyrs all may play, With silver sounding music's voice,
Rejoicing at this happy day.
“ Since she did from her friends depart,
No earthly thing can cheer her heart,
To the tune, I would I were in my own country.
A north country lass
Up to London did pass,
Which made her repent,
And so often lament,
O the oak, the ash, and the bonny ivy tree,
Fain would I be,
In the north country, Where the lads and the lasses are making of hay,
There should I see
What is pleasant to me,
O the oak, the ash, and the bonny ivy tree
Since that I came forth
Of the pleasant North,
They never can be
Half so merry as we,
O the oak, the ash, and the bonny ivy tree Do flourish at home in our own country.
I like not the court,
Nor the city resort,
Their pomp and their pride
I can never abide;
O the oak, the ash, and the bonny ivy tree, Do flourish at home in my own country,
How oft have I been
On the Westmorland green,
From morning till night,
O the oak, the ash, and the bonny ivy tree, Do flourish most bravely in our country.
A milking to go,
All the maids on a row,
But here in the city,
They are void of pity,
O the oak, the ash, and the bonny ivy tree, They flourish most bravely in our country.
When I had the heart
From my friends to depart,
But now do I find,
That it troubles my mind,
O the oak, the ash, and the bonny ivy tree, They flourish at home in my own country.