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Magdalene College - Pepys
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The Lamentation of John Musgrave,
Who was Executed at Kendal , for Robbing the King's Receiver, and taking away
from him great store of Treasure.
To the Tune of, Wharton.

T O lodge it was my chance of late,
at Kendal in the Sizes week,
Where I saw many a gallant state
was walking up and down the street,
Down plumpton park as I did pass,
I heard a Bird sing in a glen:
The chiefest of her Song it was,
farewell the flower of Serving-men.

Sometimes I heard the the Musick sweet,
which was delightfull unto me:
At length I heard one wail and weep.
a gallant youth condemn'd to dye:
Down Plumpton park, etc.

A Gentleman of courage bold,
his like I never saw before,
But when as I did him behold,
my grief it grew still more and more:
Down Plumpton Park, etc.

Of watery eyes there were great store,
for all did weep that did him see,
He made the heart of many sore,
and I lamented for company:
Down Plumpton park, etc.

To God above (quoth he) I call,
that sent his son to suffer death:
For to receive my sinful soul,
so soon as I shall loose my breath,
Down Plumpton park, etc.

O God I have deserved death,
for deeds that I have done to thee:
Yet never liv'd I like a thief,
till I met with ill company.
Down Plumpton park, etc.

For I may curse the dismal hour,
first time that I did give consent:
For to Rob the King's Receiver
and to take away his Rent:
Down Plumpton park, etc.

You Gallants all be warn'd by me,
learn Cards and Dice for to refrain,
Fly whores, eschew ill company,
for these 3 thing will breed you pain:
Down Plumpton park, etc.

All earthly treasures are but vain
and worldly wealth is vanity:
Search nothing else but heaven to gain
remember all that we must dye:
Down Plumton park, etc.

Farewell good fellows less and more,
be not dismaid at this my fall:
I never did offend before,
John Musgrave, all men did me call:
Down Plumton park as I did pass,
I heard a bird sing in a glen, etc.

The second part of the Lamentation of John Musgrave.
To the same Tune.

T He bait beguiles the bonny Fish,
some care not what they swear or say
The Lamb becomes the Foxes dish
when as the old sheep runs away:
Down Plumpton park as I did pass,
I heard a bird sing in a glen,
The chiefest of her song it was,
fare well the flower of Serving-men.

The Fowlers that the Plovers get,
take glistering glass their net to set:
The Ferret when the mouth is cop't.
doth drive the Coney to the Net:
Down Plumton park, etc.

The Pike devours the Salmon free,
which is a better Fish than himself:
Some care not how whose children cry,
so that themselves may keep their pelf:
Down Plumpton park, etc.

Farewell good people less and more,
both great and small that did me ken:
Farewell rich, and farewell poor,
and farewell all good Serving-men;
Down Plumpton park, etc.

Now by my death I wish all know,
that this same lesson you may teach,
Of what degree, of high, or low,
climb not I say above your reach:
Down Plumpton park, etc.

Good Gentlemen I you intreat,
that have more sons than you have lands,
In idleness do not them keep,
teach them to labour with their hands:
Down Plumpton park; etc.

For idleness is the root of evil,
and this sin never goes alone:
But Theft and Robbery follows after,
as by my self is plainly shown:
Down plumpton park, etc.

For Youth & Age, will not understand,
that friends in want, they be but cold,
If they spend their portions and lack land
they may go beg when they are old:
Down Plumpton park, etc.

Farewell, farewell my bretheren dear,
sweet Sisters make no doal for me:
My death's at hand I do not fear,
we are all mortal and born to dye:
Down Plumpton park, etc.

I know that Christ did dye for me,
no earthly pleasures would I have:
I care not for the world a flye,
but mercy Lord of thee I crave.
Down Plumpton park, etc.

Come man of death and do me right,
my glass is run I cannot stay:
With Christ I hope to lodge this night
and all good people for me pray:
Down Plumpton park, etc.

The man of death his part did play,
which made the tears blind many an eye
He is with Christ, as I dare say,
the Lord grant us that so we may:
Down Plumpton park, etc.

Printed for J. Wright, J. Clark, W. Thackeray, and T. Passenger.

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