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ILLUSTRATING SHAKESPEARE.
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I touch no such ladies as true love embrace,
But such as .to lighty love daily apply;
And none will be grieved, in this kind of
case, Save such as are minded true love to deny. Yet friendly and kindly I shew you my mind: Fair ladies, I wish you to use it no more; But say what you list, thus I have defin'd That lighty love, ladies, you ought to abhor.
To trust women's words, in any respect, The danger by me right well it is seen ; And Love and his laws, who would not neglect, The trial whereof hath most perilous been? Pretending, the ending, if I have offended, I crave of you, ladies, an answer again : Amend, and what's said shall soon be amended, If case that your light love no longer do reign.
WHEN THAT I WAS A LITTLE TINY BOY.
The Fool's song which forms the Epilogue to Twelfth Night is still sung on the stage to this tune. It has no other authority than theatrical tradition. A song of the same description, and with the same burden, is sung by the Fool, in King Lear, act iii., sc. 2
" He that has a little tiny wit,
With a heigh ho! the rvind and the rain,' Must make content with his fortunes fit, For the rain it raineth eoery day." The following is the song in Twelfth Night:
But when I came to man's estate,                          But when I came unto my bed,
With a heigh ho! &c,                                        With a heigh ho! &c,
'Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,    With toss-pots still I'd drunken head,
For the rain, &c.                                                 For the rain, &c.
But when I came, alas ! to wive,                           A great while ago the world begun,
With a heigh ho ! &c,                 With a heigh ho ! the wind and the rain ;
By swaggering I could never thrive,                      But that is all one, our play is done,
For the rain, &c.                          And we'll strive to please you every day.
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