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REIGNS OF JAMES I. AND CHARLES I.
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CHERRILY AND MERRILY.
In T/ie Dancing Master of 1652, this is entitled Mr. Webb's Fancy ; and in later editions Cherrily and merrily.
In vol. xi. of the King's Pamphlets, folio, there is a copy of a ballad written on the violent dissolution of the Long Parliament by Cromwell, entitled " The Par­liament routed; or Here's a house to be let:
I hope that England, after many jarres, Shall be at peace, and give no way to warres : 0 Lord, protect the generall, that he May be the agent of our unitie: to the tunc of Lucina, or Merrily and cherrily." [Juno 3, 1653.] It has been reprinted in Polilical Ballads, Percy Society, No. 11, p. 126. The first stanza is as follows:— " Cheer up, kind countrymen, he not dismay'd,
True news I can tell ye concerning the nation: Hot spirits are quenched, the tempest is layd, And now we may hope for a good reformation." The above is more suited to the tune of Lucina (i.e., The Beggar Boy, p. 2G9) than to this air; I have therefore adapted a song from Universal Harmony, 1746, an alteration of the celebrated one by George Herbert.
Sweet rose, so fragrant and so brave, Dazzling the rash beholder's eye,
Thy root is ever in its grave,
And thou, with all thy sweets, must die.
Sweet Spring, so beauteous and so gay, Storehouse where sweets unnumber'd lie,
Not long thy fading glories stay, But thou, with all thy sweets, must die.
Sweet love, alone, sweet wedded love, To thee no period is assign'd ;
Thy tender joys by time improve, In death itself the most refin'd.