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If swains belie not, thou hast prov'd the smart,
And Blouzelinda's mistress of thy heart.
This rising rear betokeneth well thy mind,
Those arms are folded for thy Blouzelind.
And well, I trow, our piteous plights agree;
Thee Blouzelinda smites, Buxoma me.
L. Clout. Ah, Blouzelind! I love thee more by

Than does their fawns, or cows, the new-fall'n calf:
Woe worth the tongue! may blisters sore it gall,
That names Buxoma Blouzelind withal!

Cuddy. Hold, witless Lobbin Clout, I thee advise, Lest blisters sore on thy own tongue arise. Lo, yonder, Cloddipole, the blithsome swain, The wisest lout of all the neighbouring plain! From Cloddipole we learn to read the skies, To know when hail will fall, or winds arise. He taught us erst the heifer's tail to view, When stuck aloft, that showers would straight ensue: He first that useful secret did explain, That pricking corns foretold the gathering rain, When swallows fleet soar high, and sport in air, He told us that the welkin would be clear. Let Cloddipole then hear us twain rehearse, And praise his sweetheart in alternate verse. I'll wager this same oaken staff with thee, That Cloddipole shall give the prize to me. L. Clout. See this tobacco-pouch, that's lind with

hair, Made of the skin of sleekest fallow-deer.

This pouch, that's ty'd with tape of reddest hue,
I'll wager that the prize shall be my

due. Cuddy. Begin thy carols then, thou vaunting

Be thine the oaken staff, or mine the pouch.

L. Clout. My Blouzelinda is the blithest lass,
Than primrose sweeter, or the clover-grass.
Fair is the king-cup that in meadow blows,
Fair is the daisy that beside her grows;
Fair is the gilliflower, of gardens sweet,
Fair is the marygold, for pottage meet :
But Blouzelind's than gilliflower more fair,
Than daisy, marygold, or king-cup rare.

Cuddy. My brown Buxoma is the featest maid
That e'er at wake delightsome gambol play'd.
Clean as young lambkins or the goose's down,
And like the goldfinch in her Sunday gown,
The witless lamb may sport upon the plain,
The frisking kid delight the gaping swain,
The wanton calf may skip with many a bound,
And my cur Tray play deftest feats around;
But neither lamb, nor kid, nor calf, nor Tray,
Dance like Buxoma on the first of May.

L. Clout. Sweet is my toil when Blouzelind is near; Of her bereft, 'tis winter all the

With her no sultry summer's heat I know;
In winter, when she's nigh, with love I glow.
Come, Blouzelinda, ease thy swain's desire,
My summer's shadow, and my winter's fire !

Cuddy. As with Buxoma once I work’d at hay, Ev'n noon-tide labour seem'd an holiday;

And holidays, if haply she were gone,
Like worky-days, I wish'd would soon be done.
Eftsoons, O sweetheart kind ! my love repay,
And all the year shall then be holiday.

L. Clout. As Blouzelinda, in a gamesome mood,
Behind a haycock loudly laughing stood,
I slily ran, and snatch'd a hasty kiss ;
She wip'd her lips, nor took it much amiss,
Believe me, Cuddy, while I'm bold to say,
Her breath was sweeter than the ripen'd hay.

Cuddy. As my Buxoma, in a morning fair, With gentle finger strok'd her milky care, I queintly stole a kiss; at first, 'tis true, She frown'd, yet after granted one or two. Lobbin, I swear, believe who will my vows, Her breath by far excell'd the breathing cows. L. Clout. Leek to the Welch, to Dutchmen but.

ter's dear,
Of Irish swains potatoe is the cheer;
Oats for their feasts the Scottish shepherds grind
Sweet turnips are the food of Blouzelind.
While she loves turnips, butter I'll despise,
Nor leeks, nor oatmeal, nor potatoe, prize.
Cuddy. In good roast beef my landlord sticks his

The capon fat delights his dainty wife,
Pudding our parson eats, the squire loves hare,
But white-pot thick is my Buxoma's fare.
While she loves white-pot, capon ne'er shall be,
Nor hare, nor beef, nor pudding, food for me.

L. Clout. As once I play'd at blindman's buff, it

hapt About my eyes the towel thick was wrapt. I miss'd the swains, and seiz'd on Blouzelind. True speaks that ancient proverb, “ Love is blind.”

Cuddy. As at hot-cockles once I laid me down,
And felt the weighty hand of many a clown;
Buxoma gave a gentle tap, and I
Quick rose, and read soft mischief in her eye.
L, Clout. On two near elms the slacken'd cord I

Now high, now low, my Blouzelinda swung.
With the rude wind her rumpled garment rose,
And show'd her taper leg, and scarlet hose.

Cuddy. Across the fallen oak the plank I laid,
And myself pois'd against the tottering maid:
High leap'd the plank; adown Buxoma fell;
I spy'd—but faithful sweethearts never tell.
L. Clout. This riddle, Cuddy, if thou canst ex-

plain, This wily riddle puzzles every swain. " What flower is that which bears the virgin's name, The richest metal joined with the same ?” Cuddy. Answer, thou carle, and judge this riddle

right, I'll frankly own thee for a cunning wight. 6. What flower is that which royal honour craves, Adjoin the virgin, and 'tis strown on graves ?”

Cloddipole. Forbear, contending louts, give o'er

your strains !

An oaken staff each merits for his pains.

But see the sun-beams bright to labour warn,
And gild the thatch of goodman Hodge's barn.
Your herds for want of water stand a-dry,
They're weary of your songs--and so am I,


HOBNELIA, seated in a dreary vale,
In pensive mood rehears'd her piteous tale ;
Her piteous tale the winds in sighs bemoan,
And pining Echo answers groan


groan. I rue the day, a rueful day I trow, The woful day, a day indeed of woe! When Lubberkin to town his cattle drove, A maiden fine bedight he hapt to love; The maiden fine bedight his love retains, And for the village he forsakes the plains. Return, my Lubberkin, these ditties hear; Spells will I try, and spells shall ease my care. “ With my sharp heel I three times mark the

ground, And turn me thrice around, around, around.”

When first the year I heard the cuckow sing, And call with welcome note the budding spring, I straightway set a-running with such haste, Deborah that won the smock scarce ran so fast; Till spent for lack of breath, quite weary grown, Upon a rising bank I sat adown, Then doff'd my shoe, and by my troth, I swear, Therein I spy'd this yellow frizzled hair,

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