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Magdalene College - Pepys
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The young-mans Resolution to the Maidens Request
BEING
A witty Dialogue between a Young-man and a maid.
Wherein she asks him when he intends to Marry,
And he resolves her how long he will tarry.
To the Tune of, In summer time .

A S I was walking under a Grove,
within my self as I supposed;
My mind did often times remove,
and by no means could be disclosed:
At length by chance a friend I met,
which caused me long time to tarry;
And then of me she did intreat
to tell her when I meant to marry.

Sweet-heart, quoth I, if you would know,
then mark these words and i'le reveal it;
Since in your heart you bear it so,
and in your heart you do conceal it.
She promised to make no words,
but of such things she would be wary:
And thus in brief I did begin
to tell her when I meant to marry.

When Shrovetide falls in Easter week,
and Christmas in the midst of July ,
And Lawyers for no Fees will plead,
and Taylors they deal just and truly:
When all Deceits are quite put down,
and Truth by all men is preferred,
And Indigo dyes Red and Brown,
O then my Love and I'll be marryed.

When Saffron grows on every Tree,
and every stream flows Milk and Honey,
And Sugar grows in Carret-fields,
and Usurers refuse good Money;
When Country-men for Judges sits,
and Lammass falls in February ,
And Millers they their Tole forgets,
O then my Love and I will marry.

W Hen men & beasts i'th' Ocean flows,
& fishes in green fields are feeding,
When Muscle-shells i'th' streets do grow,
and Swans upon dry Rocks are breeding:
When Cockle-shells are Diamond Rings,
and Glass to Pearl may be compared,
And Gold is made of the Gray-Goose wings,
O then my Love and I'le be marryed.

When Summer doth not dry up Mire,
and men on Earth do leave to flatter;
When Bakers they do use no Fire,
and Brewers they do use no Water:
When Mountains are by men remov'd
and England into France is carried,
And all Maids prove true to their Loves,
O then my Love and I'le be marryed.

When Hostesses do reckon true,
and Dutch-men leave off drinking Brandy
When Cats do bark, and Dogs do mew,
and Brimstone's took for Sugar-candy:
Or when that Whitsuntide doth fall
within the Month of January ;
And Coblers works without an Awl,
O then my Love and I will marry.

When women know not how to scold,
and maids of sweethearts ne'r are thinking
When men i' th' fire complain of cold,
and ships on Salisbury Plain fear sinking:
When Horse-coursers turn honest men,
and London unto York is carried;
Or when you out of one can take ten,
O then my Love and i'le be married.

When Candlesticks do serve for Bells,
and frying-pans are us'd for Ladles,
Or when in the Sea they dig for Wells
and Pottage-pots they make for Cradles:
When Maids forget to go a Maying,
and a man on's back an Ox can carry;
Or when the Mice with the Cat be playing
'tis then my Love and I will marry.

Good sir, since you have told me when
you are resolved for to marry,
I wish with all my heart till then
that for a Wife you still might tarry;
For if all Young-men were of your mind,
and Maids no better were preferred,
I think it would be when the Devil is blind
that we and our Lovers should be marryed.

FINIS J. S:

Printed for Josiah Blare , at the Looking-glass on London-Bridge.

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