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The cuckow then on every tree
Cuckow! cuckow ! O word of fear,
W I N T E R.
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail ;
And milk comes frozen home in pail ;
A merry note,
While greafy Jone doth keel the pot.
And coughing drowns the Parson's saw ;
And Marian's nose looks red and raw ;
A merry note,
Arm. The words of Mercury
And Lady-smocks all filver white,
Do paint ibe meadows with delight ;] Tho all the printed copies range these verses in this order, have not scrupled to transpose the second and third verse, that the metre may be conformable with that of the three following stanzas, in all which the rhymes of the first four lines are alternate.con I have now done with this play, which in the main may be call’d a very bad one: and I have found it so very troublesome in the corruptions, that, I think, I may conclude with the old religious editors, Deo gratias !
. Le Beu, a courtier, attending on Frederick. Oliver, eldest son to Sir Rowland de Boys, who had for.
merly been a servant to the Duke, Jaques, Orlando, S
}Younger brothers to Oliver. Adam, an old servant of Sir Rowland de Boys, now
following the fortunes of Orlando. Dennis, fervant to Oliver. Charles, a wrestler, and servant to the ufurping. Duke
Rosalind, daughter to the Duke.
Lords belonging to the two Dukes; with pages, forefters,
and other Attendants.
The Scene lies, first, near Oliver's house ;
and afterwards, partly in the Duke's Court; and partly in the Forest of Arden.