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Collins' conceit
Pepys, i, 455, B.L., no woodcuts, three columns.
"Coullins Conceits" was registered for publication on December 14, 1624 (Arber's Transcript, iv, 132). One Collins was evidently the author of the ballad: he enumerates a great number of "ifs," the observance of which should, and would, result in pious, godly living. Perhaps he was also the author of "Collins and the Devil," a ballad registered by Edward Blackmore on December 14, 1632 {ibid. p. 289), and, though now lost, known to Ditty, the ballad-singer in the London Chanticleers, 1659 (Dods-ley-Hazlitt's Old Plays, xn, 329), who cried it among his wares. Wigmore's Galliard is given in Chappell's Popular Music, 1, 242.
To the tune of Wigmores Gallard.
1 COnceits of sundry sorts there are, but this Conceit of mine, Doth wish all men to haue a care,
to Hue by wisedomes line. In my conceit if men would looke,
where sacred vertues dwell,1 And Hue according to Gods Booke,
then all things should be well.
2   If wisedome were once made our guide,
she would direct vs right, Where now we daily slip aside,
for want of wisdomes light. If we had faith, we need not feare
the Deuill nor powers of Hell: If godly faith our Anchor2 were,
then all things should be well. 1 Text has a period.                 2 Text Auchor.
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