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Magdalene College - Pepys
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The two Constant Lovers.
OR, A Pattern of true Love, exprest in this Dialogue between Samu-
el and Sarah. To a pleasant New Tune.

AS I by chance was walking,
on a Summers day,
I heard two Lovers talking,
and thus they did say:
With a mounrful ditty,
she began her tale,
which mov'd my heart with pitty
her for to bewail.

Sarah.

My Love I have desired
for to speak with you,
My heart within was fired,
until that I knew
Whether you were living,
in good health or no,
My heart it was grieved,
until that I did know.

Samuel.

Why, sweet-heart, what ails thee
thus for to complain?
Let not ill befal thee,
thou shalt me obtain;
Though I were absented,
from thee for a space,
I'le not be prevented,
of thy [love]ly face

Sarah

Samuel my own sweeting,
I to thee must tell,
In a heavy greeting,
what hath us befel:
My friends do grudge and murmer,
and to me they say,
That we must part asunder,
or else they'l thee destroy.

Samuel.

My love be not grieved,
thou thy friends so frown,
Thou shalt be relieved,
none shall put thee down,
I for thy sweet favour,
will adventure much,
Though thy friends & Brother,
do against me grutch.

Sarah.

O my own dear-sweeting,
I am griev'd in heart,
That I give thee such greeting,
for to breed thy smart:
Barnwel my own Brother,
Captain being he,
Swears that of all others,
killed thou shalt be.

Samuel.

SArah be not fearful,
though thy Brother swear,
Of thy life be careful,
I no man do fear:
What care I for Barnwel,
though he a Captain be,
He shall find that Samuel,
is as good as he.

Sarah.

O my loving Samuel,
look where he doth go,
'Tis my Brother Barnwel,
now begins our woe:
Would that we together,
had not met this day,
O my Judas Brother,
will thy life betray.

Now comes Captain Barnwel,
to these Lovers twain:
And made count that Samuel,
he should soon have slain,
But it prov'd contrary,
to his bloody mind,
In the sight of Sarah,
conquest he resign'd.

Then said he to Samuel,
what make you here,
I am with my sweet-heart Sarah,
put her not in fear,
Barnwel in a fury,
swore he would prevent,

His own Sister Sarah,
of her hearts content.

Sarah.

O my Brother Barnwel:
let me you intreat,
Not to wrong my Samuel,
in your bloody heat:
He hath ne'r offended
you at any time,
Let him not be condemned,
save his Life take mine.

I says Captain Barnwel,
Sarah thou shalt see,
Then he calld to Samuel,
come and answer me:
I thy Death have vowed,
e're I further go,
Then sweet Sarah bowed,
saying do not so.

Samuel.

Samuel being heedful
of his tyranny,
Says Sarah be not fearful,
thou anon shalt see:
Though thy brother Barnwel,
vow my Life to spill,
Thou shalt see that Samuel,
hath both strength and skill,

Now these words being spoken,
they to Weapons go,
Samuel gave him a token,
with a dreadful blow:

And withal inclosed
with his Enemy,
Then Barnwel he supposed,
that himself should dye.

Then says loving Samuel,
are you now content,
I says Captain Barnwel,
and withal consent
That my Sister Sarah,
shall be made thy Wife,
So thou wilt but spare me,
and not take my life.

Thus in peace they ceased
for the present time,
Sarah much was eased
of her troubled mind:
And injoy'd her Samuel,
to her hearts content,
And her Brother Barnwel,
gave his free Consent.

Now these Lovers twain,
live in joy and peace,
Pray Heaven upon them rain
plenty and increase:
And all true Lovers,
wheresoever they be,
Aid them with thy favour,
that have such constancy.

FINIS.

Printed for W. Thackeray, and
T. Passinger.

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