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Magdalene College - Pepys
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A dainty new Ditty of a Saylor and his Love,
How one the others constancy did prove:
Wherein is shown the S eamans constant mind,
Though at the first he seem'd to her unkind.
To a pleasant Sea-far-ing Tune.

M Y only love thour't welcome to the shore,
Thy absence long shall grieve my heart no more,
Since thou art come thou must with me remain,
A nd not as yet go to the Seas again.

M an.
Content thy self my dear, and make no strife,
I am resolv'd to lead a singe life?
I have a voyage for to take in hand,
Which fits my humour better then the Land.

M aid.
Cast Anchor here, this harbour shall be thine,
In Hymens Bands we will together joyn?
So shalt I shelter thee from all annoy,
The Tides of love shall be thy safe Convoy.

Great Neptune gave my mind such sweet Content,
That I think time at Sea far better spent:
The Land to me brings grief and sad annoys,
The Ocean yields a multitude of joys.

Instead of storms, and blustering blasts at Seas,
Thou shalt with safety rest, and take thine ease:
Nor shalt thou watch by night in dangers deep,
Sweet Nightingals shall rock my Love asleep.

M an.
The lusty Ship in which I mean to go,
Dares to encounter with the proudest foe;
And when the bouncing Cannons bark apace,
Then must I look mine enemies in the face.

My bed shalt be the Ship wherein thou shalt sail,
My breath shall also be the pleasant Gale:
My strong affections and infolded arms,
Shall be the Fort to keep thee from all harms.

M an.
My trusty Cutless and my Musket still shall be,
The only refuge of defence for me:
My diet shall be Beef and Bisket bread;
My Cabin shall suffice to hold my head.

M aid.
T Hou shalt not need to fear the Pagans power,
Which dayly seek good Christians to devour,
Quick-sands, or any other dangers shall,
Procure my death to work my loves downfal.

M an.
Bellonia's blustering shot gives me delight,
When as the enemies appear in sight;
The ratling drum and the melodious Fife,
Brings comfort to a valiant Seamans life.

M aid.
Instead of D rums and rattleing Muskets sound,
Which sturbs the air and makes the Sea rebound,
Harps, Lutes, and Citeyrns shall most sweetly play,
And flowers green shall crown thy head with bay,

M an.
What though the fight be tedious to endure,
When all is ended then shall we be sure
To be refresh'd then we to prayers fall,
And heartily we give God thanks for all.

M aid.
Thy mean attire and cloathing stain'd with pitch,
Shall be exchang'd for gold and silver rich;
The choicest that for money can be bought,
Shall (for thy sake) both far and near be sought.

M an.
My cloaths with pitch although they stained be,
They are the garments that contenteth me:
Thy gayest Robes cannot the same excell,
Nor can they please my fancy half so well.

M aid.
A ll pleasant correspondent to thy mind,
Shall be perform'd if I the same can find:

And when thou hast the thing that likes thee best,
Then shall I think my self more safe at rest.

M an.
Mo love is fixt upon the sounding Main,
The Labrinth of the earth shall not obtain,
My company for why? I mean to have,
The Sea my wife, and therein make my grave

M aid.
O let the knot that no man can unty,
Be quickly knit between my Love and I,
Whereby all men may understand and prove,
The firm affection of a maidens love.

M an.
Let this suffice for all & and say no more,
I'le never wed while I remain on shore,
In vain it is for you thus to complain
I single am and so I will remain.

W hy then dear love ten thousand times farewell,
My life is spent go tole my passing Bell,
Let all forsaken maids lament my death,
Love is the cause for which I loose my breath.

M an.
Nay stay sweet heart, 'twas only for to try
Thy love to me and faithful constancy:
And now I find thou dost both say and hold,
I will not leave thee for rich Croesus gold.

M aid.
My love quoth she then use no more delay,
I long desire to see that happy day,
That our hearts may be no longer twain,
But linkt in love, and so for aye remain.

Printed for J. Clarke, W. Thackeray, and T. Passinger.

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