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366                                  ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
My love is blithe and buxom, And sweet and fine as can be,
Fresb and gay as the flowers in May, And looks like Jack-a-dandy.
And if sbe will not have me,
That am so true a lover, I'll drink my wine, and ne'er repine,
And down the stairs I'll shove her.
But if that she will love me, I'll be as kind as may be;
I'll give her rings and pretty things, And deck her like a lady.
Her petticoat of satin,
Her gown of crimson tabby,
Lac'd up before, and spangled o'er, Just like a Bart'lemew baby.
Her waistcoat shall be scarlet, With ribbons tied together;
Her stockings of a Bow-dyed hue, And her shoes of Spanish leather.
Her smock o' th' finest holland, And lac'd in every quarter;
Side and wide, and long enough, To hang below her garter. .
Then to the church I'll have her, Where we will wed together;
And so come home when we have done, In spite of wind and weather.
The fiddlers shall attend us,
And first play John come kiss me;
And when that we have danc'd a round, They shall play Hit or miss me.
Then hey for little Mary,
Tis she I love alone, sir; Let any man do what he can,
I will have her or none, sir.
A HEALTH TO BETTY.
This tune is contained in every edition of The Dancing Master, and in MusicFs Delight on the Cithren.
D'Urfey prints "The Female Quarrel: Or a Lampoon upon Phillida and Chloris, to the tune of a country dance, call'd A health to Betty" Pills ii. 110, 1719.
In the Pepys Collection, i. 274, is a ballad—" Four-pence-half-penny-farthing; or A woman will have the oddes;" signed M[artin] P[arker], "Printed at London for 0. W. To the tune of Bessy Bell [she doth excell], or A health to Betty." The first verse is here printed to the tune.
In the same Collection, ii. 372, is " The Northern Turtle: Wayling his unhappy fate, In being deprived of his sweet mate.