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Then use your wit, the maid replied,
For now you know the cause,
To yield to Hymen's laws,
Consent and do not tarry,
And quickly yield to marry.
With that the young man bad her, but
Keep secret and prove kind, And he would verify her oath,
And satisfy her mind :
If that thou dost not vary,
To give my grant to marry.
With that they both concluded were,
But wot you how she sped,
That it her liking bred,
That she swore by King Harry,
Sweetheart now let us marry.
This young's man's love was quickly cold,
That here betwixt them past,
Least I repent at last :
Had need for to be wary,
Without advice to marry.
Fair maidens all take good advice
Before you give consent,
These follies to prevent;
So long a time did tarry,
Before that she did marry.
THE MAID'S COMPLAINT OF HER
(From “ the Muses Garden. 1610."]
My father fain would have me take
A man that hath a beard,
And makes me much afraid,
Now surely this is goodly stuff, Faith let my mother marry me,
Or else my father bury me,
For I have liv'd these fourteen years,
My mother knows it well,
Can any body tell !
That custom will not let them woo;
But I were mad if I refuse.
My mother bids me go to school,
And learn to do some good, "Twere well if she would let the fool,
Come home and suck a dug, As if my father knew not yet
That maidens are for young men fit; Give me my mind and let me wed,
Or you shall quickly find me dead.
How soon my mother hath forgot
That ever she was young,
But sung another song,
When I am dry I may not drink; Though her desire be now grown old
She must have fire when she is cold.
You see the mother loves the son,
The father loves the maid ;
I will not be delay'd,
My mother shall not have her will, My father speaketh like a man,
I will be married do what she can.
56 A rare example of a virtuous maid in Paris, who
was by' her own mother procured to be put in prison, thinking thereby to compel her to Popery: but she continued to the end, and finished her life in the fire."
Tune is--0.man in desperation.
was a lady's daughter,
To mass that she should hie :
Her daughter dear did say
I never can obey.
With weeping and wailing
Her mother then did go,
That they the truth may know;
They did this maiden call,
To fear her therewithal.