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REIGNS OF JAMES I. AND CHARLES I.
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Where there is no place
For the glow-worm to lie; Where there ia no space
For receipt of a fly ; Where the midge dares not venture,
Lest herself fast she lay; If Love come, he will enter,
And soon find out his way. You may esteem him
A child for his might; Or you may deem him
A coward from his flight. But if she, whom Love doth honour, -
Be conceal'd from the day,
Set a thousand guards upon her,
Love will find out the way.
Some think to lose him,
By having him confln'd; And some do suppose him,
Poor thing, to be blind; But if ne'er so close ye wall him,
Do the best that you may, Blind Love, if so ye call him,
Soon will find out his way. You may train the eagle
To stoop to your fist; Or you may inveigle
The phcenix of the east; The lioness, ye may move her
To give o'er her prey ; But you'll ne'er stop a lover :
He will find out his way.
STINGO, or OIL OF BARLEY. This tune is contained in every edition of The Dancing Master, and in many other publications. It is often quoted under three, if not more, names.
In The Dancing Master, from 1650 to 1690, it appears as Stingo, or The Ogle of Barley.
The song, "A cup of old stingo" (i.e., old strong beer), is contained in Merry Drollery Complete, 1661 and 1670, and, if it be the original song, must be of a date from thirty to forty (and perhaps more) years earlier than the book.
Traces of that doughty hero, Sir John Barleycorn, so famous in the days of ballad-singing, are to be found as far back as the time of the Anglo-Saxons. In the Exeter MS. (fol. 107) is an enigma in Anglo-Saxon verse, of which the following is a literal translation;
"A part of the earth is prepared beautifully with the hardest, and with the sharpest, and with the grimest of the productions of men, cut and .... (svvorfen), turned and dried, bound and twisted, bleached and awakened, ornamented and poured out, carried afar to the doors of people; it ia joy in the inside of living creatures, it knocks and slights those, of whom before, while alive, a long while it obeys the will, and expos-tnlateth not; and then after death it takes upon it to judge, to talk variously. It is greatly to seek by the wisest man, what this creature is."Essay on the State of Literature and Learning under the Anglo-Saxons, by Thomas Wright, Esq., M.A., F.S.A., p. 79, 8vo., 1839.
In the Roxburghe Collection, i. 214, there is a black-letter ballad " to the tune of Stingo," which was evidently written in the reign of Charles I., by its allusions to "the King's great porter," "Bankcs' Horse," &c. It is entitled, " The Little Barley-Corn:
Whose properties and vertues here Shall plainly to the world appeare ; To make you merry all the yeere." As it has been reprinted in Evans' Old Ballads, i. 156 (1810), the first stanza only is subjoined:
" Come, and do not musing stand,              Not of the earth-, nor of the air,
If thou the truth discern ;                            At evening or at morn,
But take a full cup in thy hand,                  But, jovial boys, your Christmas keep
And thus begin to learn :                            With the little barley-corn."
The ballad is divided into two parts, each consisting of eight stanzas.