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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.
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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