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REIGN OF CHARLES II.
523
My garden was planted full
Of flowers every where, But for myself I could not choose,
The flower I held so dear.
My gardener was standing by, And he would choose for me;
He chose the primrose, the lily, and pink, But those I refus'd all three.
The primrose I did reject,
Because it came too soon ; The lily and pink I overlook'd,
And vow'd I would wait till June.
In June came the rose so red, And that's the flower for me ;
But when I gather'd the rose so dear, I gain'd but the willow tree.
Oh ! the willow tree will twist, And the willow tree will twine;
And would I were in the young man's arms, That ever has this heart of mine.
My gardener, as he stood by,
He bade me take great care, For if I gather'd the rose so red,
There groweth up a sharp thorn there.
I told him I'd take no care,
Till I did feel the smart, And still did press the rose so dear
Till the thorn did pierce my heart.
A posy of hyssop I'll make,
No other flow'r I'll touch, That all the world may plainly see
I love one flow'r too much.
My garden is now run wild,
When shall I plant anew ? My bed that once was fill'd with thyme
Is all o'errun with rue.
YOUNG JEMMY. There are two ballads on Charles the Second's natural son, the Duke of Monmouth, that were sung to this tune, and both printed during bis father's reign, when the Duke was out of favour at court.
Of the first ballad there are two copies; one in the King's Library, Brit. Mus., entitled "Young Jemmy: An excellent new Ballad: To an excellent new tune" dated 1681; and the second in the Roxburghe Collection, ii. 140, called "England's Darling; or, Great Britain's Joy and Hope in that noble Prince, James, Duke of Monmouth:
Brave Monmouth, England's glory, May'st thou in thy noble father's love remain, Hated of none but Papist and Tory, Who happily over this land doth reign. Tune of Young Jemmy, or Philander."a Printed by J. Wright, J. Clark, W. Thackeray, and T. Passinger. It commences—
" Young Jemmy is a lad                      A true and faithful English heart,
That's royally descended,                  Great Britain's joy and hope,
With every virtue clad,                     And bravely will maintain their part,
By every tongue commended ;            In spite of Turk and Pope," &c.
The second ballad is entitled "Young Jemmy; or, The Princely Shepherd: Being a most pleasant and delightful new song:
In blest Arcadia, where each shepherd feeds His numerous flocks, and tunes, on slender reeds, His song of love, while the fair nymphs trip round, The chief amongst 'em was Young Jemmy found : For he with glances could enslave each heart, But fond ambition made him to depart The fields, to Court; led on by such as sought To blast his virtues,—which much sorrow brought.
» For Philander, see i. 280.







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