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REIGNS OF JAMES I. AND CHARLES I. 327
" Alas! I am in love, She doth so far excel
And cannot speak it; All and each other,
My mind I dare not move, My mind I cannot tell,
Nor ne'er can break it. When we're together."
In the Pepys Collection, i. 197, is a ballad, " The Defence of Hide Parke from' some aspersions cast upon her, tending to her great dishonour: To a curious new Court tune." It is in ten-line stanzas, and commences," "When glistering Phoebus." " Printed at London for H[enry] G[osson]." Also, at i. 188, " The praise of London : or, A delicate new Ditty, which doth invite you to faire London City. To the tune of the second fart of Hide Parke."
In Westminster Drollery, 1671, there is another song called "Hide Parle: the tune, Honour invites you to delights—Come to the Court, and be all made Knights;" commencing— " Come, all you noble,
You that are neat ones," &c. A copy of the ballad, Come to the Court, and be all made Knights, will be found in Addit. MSS., Brit. Mus., No. 5,832, fol. 205, entitled "Verses upon the Order for making Knights of such persons who had iOl. per annum, in King James the First's time." Both James I. and Charles I. resorted to this obnoxious expedient for raising money. According to John Philipot, Somerset Herald, in his Perfect Collection or Catalogue of aU Knights Batchelours made by King James, since his coming to the Crown of England, 1660, James I. created 2,323 Knights, of whom 900 were made the first year of his reign.
Shepherds, leave singing your pastoral sonnets,
" Come all you farmers out of the country,
Carters, ploughmen, hedgers, and all; Tom, Dick, and Will, Ralph, Roger, and
[Humphrey, Leave off your gestures rusticall. Bid all your home-spun russets adieu, And suit yourselves in fashions new; Honour invites you to delights— Come all to Court, and be made Knights.
He that hath forty pounds per annum Shall be promoted from the plough ;
His wife shall take the wall of her grannum, Honour is sold so dog-cheap now. Pngi
Though thou hast neither good birth nor breed-
If thou hast money thou'rt sure of speeding. Honour invites you, &c.
Knighthood, in old time, was counted an
Which the blest spirits did not disdain ; But now it is used in so base a manner,
That it's no credit, but rather a stain. Tush, it's no matter what people do say, The name of a Knight a whole village will
Honour invites you, &c. [sway.
And to learn compliments shew your en-
[deavours; Cast off for ever your two shilling bonnets, Cover your coxcombs with three pound
[beavers. Sell cart and tar-box, new coaches to buy, Then, 'Good, your worship,' the vulgar will Honour invites you, &c. [cry.
And thus unto worship being advanced, Keep all your tenants in awe with your
[frowns, And let your rents be yearly enhanced, To buy your new-moulded madams new
[gowns. Joan, Siss, and Nell, shall all be ladyfied, Instead of hay-carts, in coaches shall ride. Honour invites you, &c.
Whatever you do, have a care of expences;
In hospitality do not exceed; Greatness of followers belongeth to princes, A coachman and footman are all that you
[need. And still observe this—Let your servants meat
[lack, To keep brave apparel upon your wife's back. Honour invites you," &c.