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THE SOLDIER'S FAREWELL
2   T. Not for the gold my Love that Croesus had, Would I once see thy sweetest looks so sad.1 M. Nor for all that the which my eye did see, Would I depart my sweetest Love from thee.
3   T. The King commands, & I must to the wars.2 M. Ther's others more enough may end the jars.2 T. But I for one commanded am to go,
And for my life I dare not once say no.
4   M. Ah marry me, and you shall stay at home, Full thirty weeks you know that I have gone.1 T. There's time enough another for to take He'l3 love thee well, and not thy child forsake.
5   M. And have I doted on thy sweetest face?
and dost infringe that which thou suedst in chase.2 Thy faith I mean but I will wend with thee.1 T. It is too far for Peg to go with me.
6   M. I'le go with thee my Love both night and day.2 He bear thy sword, i'le run and lead the way.
T. But we must ride, how will you follow then, Amongst a Troop of us thats Armed men ?
7   M. Ile bear the Lance, ile guide thy stirrop too, Ile rub the horse, and more then that ile do.1
T. But Margarets fingers they are all too fine, To wait on me when she doth see me dine.
Margaret.
8   Ile see you dine, ile wait still at your back, Ile give you wine, or any thing you lack.
Thomas. But youl repine when you shall see me have A dainty wench that is both fine and brave.
1 Text has a comma. 2 No period in the text. 3 Text He 1.
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