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Some time a good fellow thou hast been,

And sparedst not thy gold and fee, Therefore Ile lend thee forty pence,

And other forty if need bee.

And ever, I pray thee, John o' the Scales,

To let him fit in thy companee: For well I wot thou had ft his land,

And a good bargain it was to thee.

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Up then spake him John oʻthe Scales,

All wood he answer'd him againe : Now Christs curse on my head, hee fayd,

But I did lose by that bargaine.

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And here I proffer thee, heire of Linne,

Before these lords so faire and free,
Thou shalt have it backe again better cheape,

By a hundred markes, than I had it of thee. 100

I drawe you to record, lords, he said.

With that he gave him a gods pennèe : Now by my fay, fayd the heire of Linne,

And here, good John, is thy money.

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And he pull'd forth three bagges of gold,

And layd them down upon the bord : All woe begone was John o' the Scales,

Soe fhent he cold say never a word.

He

He told him forth the good red gold,

He told it forth with mickle dinne,
The gold is thine, the land is mine,

And now Ime againe the lord of Linne.

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Sayes, Haye, thou here, thou good fellowe,

Forty pence thou didst lend me:
Now I am againe the lord of Linne,

Ard forty pounds, I will give thee.

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Now welladay! fayth Joan o'the Scales :

Now welladay! and woe is my life!
Yesterday I was lady of Linne,

Now Ime but John o'the Scales bis wife.

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Now fare thee well, fayd the heire of Linne ;

Farewell, good John o' the Scales, said hee :
When next I want to sell my land,

Good John o' the Scales Ile come to thee.

XII.

THE OLD AND YOUNG COURTIER.

This excellent old song, the subject of which is a compariJon between the manners of the old gentry, as ftill fubfifing in the times of Elizabeth, and the modern refinements affected by their fons in the reigns of her fuccefors, is given from an ar: çient black-letter copy in tbe Pepys' collection, compared with another printed among fome miscellaneous.poems and songs" in a book intitled, "Le Prince d'amour." 1669. Avg

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N old song made by an aged old pate,
Of an old worfhipful gentleman, who had a greate

estate,
That kept a brave old houfe at a bountiful rate,
And an old porter to relieve the

poor
Like an old courtier of the queen's,
And the queen's old courtier.

at his gate ;

With an old lady, whose anger one word asfwages;
Hee every quarter paid his old servants their wages,
And never knew what belong'd to coachmen, footmen,

nor pages, But kept twenty old fellows with blue coats and badges;

Like an old courtier, &c.

With an old study fill’d full of learned old books,
With an old reverend chaplain, you might know him by

his looks, With an old buttery hatch worn quite off the hooks, And an old kitchen, that maintain'd half a dozen old cooks;

Like an old courtier, &c.

With an old hall, hung about with pikes, guns, and

bows, With old swords, and bucklers, that had born many

Ihrewd blows, And an old frize coat, to cover his worship's trunk hose, And a cup of old sherry, to comfort his copper nose; Like an old courtier, &c.

With

With a good old falhion, when Chriftmasse was come, Tocall in all his old neighbours with bagpipe, and drum, With good chear enough to furnith every old room, And old liquor able to make a cat speak, and man dumb,

Like an old courtier, &c.

With an old falconer, huntsman; and a kennel of hounds, That never hawked, nor hunted, but in his own grounds, Who, like a wise man, kept himself within his owa

bounds, And when he dyed gave every child a thousand good

pounds;

Like an old courtier, &c.

But to his eldest son his house and land he assign’d, Charging him in his will to keep the old bountifull mind, To be good to his old tenants, and to his neighbours be

kind : But in the ensuing ditty you shall Hear how be was in

clin'd;

Like a young courtier of the king's,
And the king's young courtier.

Like a Rourishing young gallant, newly come to his land,
Who keeps a brace of painted madams at his command,
And takes up a thousand pound upon his fathers land,
And gets drunk in a tavern, till he can neither go nor

stand;
Like a young courtier, &c.

With a new-fangled lady, that is dainty, nice, and spare, · Who never knew what belong d to good house-keeping,

or care, Who buyes gaudy-color'd fans to play with wanton air, And seven or eight different dressings of other womens

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hair;

Like a young courtier, &c.

With a new-fashion'd hall, built where the old one stood, Hung round with new pictures, that doe the poor no good, With a fine marble chimney, wherein burns neither coal

nor wood, And a new smooth shovelboard, whereon no victuals neer

stood;

Like a young courtier, &c.

With a new study, stuft full of pamphlets, and plays,
And a new chaplain, that swears faster than he prays,
With a new buttery hatch, that opens once in four or

five days,
And a new French cook, to devise fine kickshaws, and toys;

Like a young courtier, &c.

With a new fashion, when Christmas is drawing on,
Ona new journey to London straight we all must begone,
And leave none to keep house, but our new porter John,
Who relieves the poor with a thump on the back with a

Itone;

Like a young courrier, &s
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