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XIII.

DULCINA.

Given from two ancient copies, one in black-print, in the Pepys Collection, the other in the Editor's folio MS. Each of these contained a stanza not found in the other. What seemed the best readings were selected from both.

This song is quoted as very popular in Walton's Compleat Angler, chap. 2. It is more ancient than the ballad of Robin Good-FELLOW printed below, which yet is supposed to have been written by Ben Jonson.

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As at noone Dulcina rested

In her sweete and shady bower,
Came a shepherd, and requested
In her lapp to sleepe an hour.

But from her looke

A wounde he tooke
Soe deepe, that for a further boone

The nymph he prayes.

Wherto shee sayes,
Forgoe me now, come to me soone.

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But in vayne shee did conjure him

To depart her presence soe;
Having a thousand tongues to allure him,

And but one to bid him goe:

Where

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Where lipps invite,

And eyes delight,
And cheekes, as fresh as rose in june,

Persuade delay;

What boots, she say,
Forgoe me now, come to me soone?

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He demands what time for pleasure

Can there be more fit than now:
She sayes, night gives love that leysure,
Which the day can not allow.

He sayes, the sight

Improves delight.
• Which she denies : Nights mirkie noone

In Venus' playes

Makes bold, shee sayes;
Forgoe me now, come to mee soone.

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But what promise or profession

From his hands could purchase scope?
Who would sell the sweet possession
Of suche beautye for a hope?

Or for the sight

Of lingering night
Foregoe the present joyes of noone?

Though ne'er soe faire

Her speeches were,
Forgoe me now, come to me soone.

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How,

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How, at last, agreed these lovers ?

Shee was fayre, and he was young :
The tongue may tell what th'eye discovers ;
Joyes unseene are never sung.

Did shee consent,

Or he relent;
Accepts he night, or grants shee noone ;

Left he her a mayd,

Or not; she sayd
Forgoe me now, come to me soone.

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XIV.

THE LADY ISABELLA'S TRAGEDY.

This ballad is given from an old black-letter copy in the Pepys Collection, collated with another in the British Museum, H. 263. folio. It is there intitled, “The “ Lady Isabella's Tragedy, or the Step-Mother's Cruelty:

being a relation of a lamentable and cruel murther, committed on the body of the lady Isabella, the only

daughter of a noble Duke, &c. To the tune of, The Lady's Fall.” To some copies are annexe eight more modern stanzas, intitled, “ The Dutchess's and Cook's Lamentation."

THERE

Here was a lord of worthy fame,
And a hunting he would ride,
Attended by a noble traine

Of gentrye by his side.

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And while he did in chase remaine,

To see both sport and playe;
His ladye went, as she did feigne,

Unto the church to praye.

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This lord he had a daughter deare,

Whose beauty shone so bright,
She was belov'd, both far and neare,

of many a lord and knight.

Fair Isabella was she call'd,

A creature faire was shee; She was her fathers only joye;

shall after see.

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As you

Therefore her cruel step-mother
Did
envye

her so much,
That daye by daye she sought her life,

Her malice it was such.

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She bargain'd with the master-cook,

To take her life awaye :
And taking of her daughters book,
She thus to her did

saye.

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Go home, sweet daughter, I thee praye,

Go hasten presentlie;
And tell unto the master-cook

These wordes that I tell thee.

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And bid him dresse to dinner streight

That faire and milk-white doe,
That in the parke doth shine so bright,

There's none so faire to showe.

This ladye fearing of no harme,

Obey'd her mothers will;
And presentlye she hasted home,

Her pleasure to fulfill,

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She

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