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A good throw for three maidenheads
Pepys, i, 314, B.L., one woodcut (which is reproduced in the Rox-burghe Ballads, vm, 641), four columns.
Granted the situation, Parker's ballad proceeds without offence. From the fourth line it is evident that this song was written to outjest the similar ballad of "Peg and Kate," or "News from the Tower Hill" (No. 66). Accordingly, the date of "A Good Throw" can be established as after November 4, 1631, at which time "Peg and Kate" was licensed. The ballad of "Over and Under," after which the tune was named (the music is given in Chappell's Popular Music, 1, 190), had been licensed on June 13, 1631 {ibid. p. 254). The dicing terms used by Parker are explained in the Glossary.
To the Tune, Of Ouer and Vnder.
i THree maides did make a meeting, With one young man of late, Where they had such a greeting, As passes Peg and Kate, They talke of many matters, Not fitting to be told: Also they dranke strong waters, To heat their stomacks cold.
and when they had,
drunke with the Lad, Vntill they were merry all:
between e them three,
they did agree, Into discourse to fall.
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