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76
ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
WHO'S THE FOOL NOW ? This tune is in Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book, and it is one of the Freemen's Songs in Deuteromelia, 1609. It was entered on the books of the Stationer's Company as a ballad in 1588, when Thomas Orwyn had a license to print it; and it is alluded to in Dekkec's comedy, Old Fortunatus, where Shadow says: " Only to make other idiots laugh, and wise men to cry ' Who's the fool now ?' " which is the burden of every verse. It is thought to be a satire upon those who tell wonderful stories.
I saw the man in the moon ;
Fie ! man, fie ! I saw the man in the moon ;
"Who's the fool now ? I saw the man in the moon Clouting of St. Peter's shoon ; Thou hast well drunken, man—
Who's the fool now ?
I saw a hare chase a hound ;
Fie! man, fie! I saw a hare chase a honnd ; •
Who's the fool now 1 I saw a hare chase a hound, Twenty miles above the ground; Thou hast well drunken, man—
Who's the fool now ?
I saw a goose ring a hog;
Fie ! man, £e ! I saw a goose ring a hog ;
Who's the fool now ? I saw a goose ring a hog, And a snail bite a dog;
Tho hast well drunken, man—
Who's the fool now 1
I saw a mouse catch a cat;
Fie ! man, fie! I saw a mouse catch a cat;
Who's the fool now ? I saw a mouse catch a cat, And the cheese eat the rat;
Thou hast well drunken, man—
Who's the fool now?