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REIGNS OF JAMES I. AND CHARLES I.                               377
MAYING-TIME.
In The Golden Garland of Princely Delights, 3rd edit., 1620, this is entitled " The Shepherd's Dialogue of Love between Willy and Cuddy: To the tune of Maying-time" It is also in Dryden's Miscellany Poems, vi. 337, and in Percy's Meliaues of Ancient Poetry. Percy entitles it " The Willow Tree: a Pastoral Dialogue."
The tune is in a manuscript dated 1639, in the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh; in the Skene MS.; and in all the editions of Forbes' Oantus.
WILLY.
Phillis ! she that lov'd thee long ? Is she the lass hath done thee wrong 1 She that lov'd thee long and best, Is her love turned to a jest?
CUDDY. She that long true love profest, She hath robb'd my heart of rest: For she a new love loves, not me ; Which makes we wear the willow-tree.
WILLY.
Come then, shepherd, let us join, Since thy hap is like to mine : For the maid I thought most true Me hath also hid adieu.
CUDDY.
Thy hard hap doth mine appease, Company doth sorrow ease : Yet, Phillis, still I pine for thee, And still must wear the willow-tree.
WILLY.
Shepherd, be advis'd by me, Cast off grief and willow-tree : For thy grief brings her content, She is pleas'd if thou lament.
CUDDY.
Herdsman, I'll be rul'd by thee, There lies grief and willow-tree : Henceforth I will do as they, And love a new love every day.