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Magdalene College - Pepys
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Ile never Love thee more
being a true Love Song between a young
Man and a Maid. To a new Tune called, O no, no, no not yet.

M Y dear and only love take heed,
how you your self dispose
And let no wandring lovers feed,
on such like looks as those,
Ile marble wall thee round about,
being built without a door,
Where if thy heart but once break out
Il never love thee more,

Let not their oaths (like Gollies shot)
make any breach at all,
For smoothness of their cunning plots
which way to scale the wall:
For balls of wild fire loud consume,
the shrine that I adore,
But if such smoak about thee fume,
Ile never love thee more .

I know thy vertues are so strong,
theyle suffer no surprise,
Maintained by my love so long,
at last the siege must rise,
And leave the ruler in such health,
and state it was before,
But if thou prove a common wealth,
Ile never etc.

Or if by fraud or by consent,
my heart to ruine come,
Ile nere sound Trumpet as I meant,
nor march by sound of Drum,
But hold mine arms and Ensigns up,
thy falshood to deplore,
And after such a common cup,
Ile never. etc.

Ile do by thee as Nero did
when Rome was set on fire,
Not only all releif forbid,
but backwards quite retire:
And scorn to shed a tear to see,
thy spirit grown so poor,
But smileing sing thus unto thee,
Ile never etc.

But if thou wilt continue true,
Leander I will prove,
As he to Hero I to you,
will (swimming) drown for love
O be not like to Cressida
as now be lovers store,
That I no cause may have to say,
Ile never etc .

If thou like Helena of Greece ,
wilt falsifie thy word,
Thy Jason for the golden Fleece
like measure will afford,
And choose some rare Penelope,
with vertues to adore,
That I may justly say to thee,
Ile never etc.

But if thy heart like milk white snow
will melt and mollifie,
Or as the Turtle true love show
and for our parting dye,
Then shall our loves fast setled be
upon no sandy shore,
And I will say my dear to thee,
Ile love thee evermore.

A Young man walked once alone
abroad to take the Air
It was his chance to meet a maid
of beauty passing fair,
He asked her in secrecy,
down by him for to sit,
She answered him with modesty
oh no, no, no, not yet

Forty Crowns I will give thee
sweet heart in good red gold,
To live with me and be my love
say shall the bargain hold,
She answered him most modestly
and with a pregnant wit:
A married wife I will not be,
oh no etc.

Gold and Silver are but dross,
and soon will fade away,
While vertue in a virgins breast,
will have a longer stay,
Then think me not to be so fond,
and of so little wit:
To sell away my liberty,
oh no, etc.

Some of our sex you say are weak
and easie to be woon,
But you shall find in all my way,
your sugred words Ile shun
I will not overtaken be,
in any thing unfit
Nor trust unto a tempting tongue
oh no etc.

Oh be not so unkind my dear,
the young man then replide
The tongue doth tell what pain & grief
we lovers do abide,
If hand and heart but once agree,
commanded is the wit
Then say no more my dear to me,
oh no no, etc.

If I should trust thy words quoth she,
where falshood doth remain,
To call my Virgins freedom back,
I think it be but vain:
Therefore to chuse a man to wed,
requires the choycest wit,
Then let me have a time to say,
oh no, etc.

The silver Moon shall shine by day
the golden Sun by night
Ere I leave (quoth he) the way,
that leads me to delight
For silence is a grant in love,
and for a Maiden fit,
Then say no more discourteously,
oh no, no, etc.

The young man and the maiden then
became united friends,
She liked of him and he of her,
and so their woeing ends,
And she the married life did choose,
as it was reason fit,
where neither of them answered more
oh no, no, no, not yet.


London Printed for F. Coles. T. Vere, J. Wright, and J. [Clarke]

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