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I. AND CHARLES I.                                369
If that thou dost my love disdain,
Because I live on seas; Or that I am a ferry-man
My Sheldra doth displease, I will no more in that estate Be servile unto wind and fate, But quite forsake hoats, oars, and sea, And live with thee at Shackley-hay.
•       • • • • ■ To strew my boat, for thy avail,
I'll rob the flowery shores; And whilst thou guid'st the silken sail,
I'll row with silv'ry oars; And as upon the streams we float, ' A thousand swans shall guide our boat;
And to the shore still will I cry, " My Sheldra comes to Shackley-hay.
•       • • • • And, walking lazily to the strand,
We'll angle in the brook, And fish with thy white lily hand,
Thou need'st no other hook; To which the fish shall soon be brought, And strive which shall the first be caught; A thousand pleasures will we try, As we do row to Shackley-hay.
And if we be opprest with heat,
In mid-time of the day, Under the willows tall and great
Shall be our quiet bay; Where I will make thee fans of boughs, From Phoebus' beams to shade thy brows; And cause them at the ferry cry, A boat, a boat, to Shackley-hay!
A troop of dainty neighbouring girls
Shall dance along the strand, Upon the gravel all of pearls,
To wait when thou shalt land; And cast themselves about thee round, Whilst thou with garlands shalt be crown'dj And all the shepherds with joy shall cry, O Sheldra, come to Shackley-hay!
Although I did myself absent,
'Twas but to try thy mind; And now thou may'st thyself repent,
For being so unkind.— No! now thou art turn'd by wind and fate, Instead of love thou hast purchas'd hate, Therefore return thee to the sea, And bid farewell to Shackley-hay.
Copies of this ballad are in the Pepy3 Collection, ii. 76; the Roxburghe, ii. 348; the Bagford, 643, m. 10, p. 69; and the Douce, fol. 222.
In the same volume of the Bagford Collection, p. 139, is " The two faithful Lovers. To the tune of Franklin is fled away ;" commencing—
" Farewell, my heart's delight,                   I must now take my flight,
Ladies, adieu!                                        Whate'er ensue."
-. 'The. tune i3 contained in Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin, 1669; in 180 Loyal Songs, 1685 and 1694; and in Pills to purge Melancholy, iii. 208,1707; sometimes under the name of Franklin' is fled away, and at others as 0 hone, 0 hone, the burden of the ballad. This burden is derived from the Irish lamen­tation, to which there were many allusions in the sixteenth and seventeenth eenturies, as in Marston's Eastward Hoe, act v., sc. 1; or in Gayton's Festivous Notes upon Don Quixote, 1654, p. 57,—" Who this night is to be rail'd upon by the black-skins, in as lamentable noyse as the wild Irish make their 0 hones." A different version of the tune will be found in the ballad opera of The Jovial Crew, 1731, under the name of You gallant ladies all.
A variety of songs and ballads, which were sung to it, will be found in the above-named collections of ballads; in the 180 Loyal Songs; in Patrick Carey's Trivial Poems, 1651; and in Pills to purge Melancholy.
The tune is ono of the many from which Crod save the King has been said to be

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