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Magdalene College - Pepys
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The Perjur'd Youth:
Being an Account of a
Devonshire Young Man,
Who Courted a Damsel for pure Love, which when he had obtained the same
he importuned her to lye with him before Marriage, which she obstinately
refused, but he wishing that he might break his Neck, if he was not true to
her, and having obtain'd his ends, he forsook her, and soon after broke his
Neck, according to his Wish, as a just Example for his Villany.
Tune of Valiant Jockey. Licensed according to Order.

LEt falsehearted Lovers now.
Be careful how they break their vow,
Least they be partakers of that Fate,
Which did happen to a Youth of late,
Which did live in Devonshire,
A wealthy Farmers Son we hear,

Courted a young Damsel sweet and fair,
And did soon her yielding heart insnare;
Dearest, said he, O pity me,
For I love no one alive but thee;
Grant love again, to ease my pain,
Or I shall be soon with sorrow slain.

Fairest Charming Beauty bright,
In whom I place my hearts delight,
Do not answer thy true lover, no,
Least it proves my final overthrow,
Who is wounded to the heart,
And thou alone canst ease the smart,

Therefore now be kind and pity me,
Who will prove a loyal love to thee;
He woo'd her still, gain'd her good will[:]
Then his lust he wanted to fulfill,
Which she deny'd, and still reply'd,
I will first be made your lawful Bride.

Dearest grant me my request,
And here I solemnly protest,
In the morning thou shalt marri'd be,
Or may Heavens vengence fall on me,
If my Jewel I forsake,
I wish my neck I soon may break,

Or some other vengance fall on me,
If I am not constant love to thee;
Sad wishes past, he held her fast,
She was overcome by him at last,
Thus the Young Maid, he soon betray'd,
Then he broke the solemn vows he made.

When his will he had obtain'd,
Her Company he streight refrain'd,
And would never once come near her more,
This did grieve, and eke torment her sore,
On a day to him she goes,
Her grief and sorrow to disclose,

Saying, William, O be kind and mild,
For by thee, alas! I prove with child;
She did complain, he joak'd amain,
Treated her with scorn and foul disdain,
O Wretch, said she, your Oaths was free,
Heaven may in Justice punish thee.

With a heart opprest with grief,
Home she return'd without relief,
And, it seems, within a day or two,
He another youthful maid did woe,
Notwithstanding all his vows,
She must in haste be made his Spouse,

And the wedding was appointed streight;
But behold and see his wretched state,
Heaven decreed, that he should bleed,
Who was guilty of so foul a deed,
To let them know who practis'd so,
That they shall not unrewarded go.

Now the very day before,
The Joys which he had then in store,
Being lopping off a lofty Tree,
There he met his wish'd for destiny;
For in taking a full stroak,
He fell, and there his neck he broak,

Dying without either sigh or groan,
Thus the Perjur'd Wretch was overthrown
Sad wishes they, wrought his decay,
Therefore let all Loves now this day,
What e're ye do, be just and true,
Least some dismal Doom may fall on you.


Printed for P. Brooksby, J. Deacon, J. Blare, and J. Back.

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