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40
A proverb old, yet ne'er forgot
Pepys, i, 386, B.L., three woodcuts, four columns. This is an admirably printed and illustrated sheet, of which Francis Grove could justly have been proud.
A number of other ballads by Martin Parker are written on proverbs— "Faint heart never won fair lady," "The proof of the pudding is all in the eating," and the like. "Strike while the iron is hot" is a proverb that occurs in Chaucer's Melibeus (line 70) and his Troilus and Criseyde (11, 1275), m John Heywood's Proverbs {Works, 1562, ed. J. S. Farmer, pp. 8, 221), in 3 Henry VI, v, i, 49, in Webster's Northward Ho, 11, ii, and in many other places. Here Parker advises young men to marry widows, though in "The Wiving Age" (No. 41) he scoffs at this practice.
The tune is given in Chappell's Popular Music, 1, 143.
To the Tune of, Dulcina.
1 AL1 you Young-men who would Marry, and enioy your hearts content, In your mindes this Counsell carry, then you shall no whitt repent:
now is the time
that Men may clime Unto promotion by good lot,
this Prouerbe old
hath oft bene told, Tis good to strike while the Iron's hott.
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