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Where if he giue vs his good will,
and to our match agree: Twill be sweeter then the hunny
that comes from the Bee.
4   Come goe, for I am willing,
good fortune be our guide: From that which I haue promised,
deare heart, lie neuer slide: If that he doe but smile,
and I the same may see, Tis better then the blossomes,
that bloomes vpon the tree.
5   But stay heere comes my1 Mother,
weele talke with her a word: I doubt not but some comfort,
to vs she may afford: If comfort she will give vs,
that we the same may see, Twill be sweeter then the hunny,
that comes from the Bee.
6   O Mother we are going
my Father for to pray, That he will giue me his good will,
for long I cannot stay. A young man I haue chosen
a fitting match for me, More fayrer then the blossomes
that bloomes on the tree.
1 Perhaps the text should read thy, though (as later stanzas show) "mother" and "father" were "very common forms of address from a betrothed person to the father and mother of the other party to the en­gagement" (Professor Kittredge).
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