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EBBA 31076

British Library - Roxburghe
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Thro the Wood Laddy.
To a New Scots Tune.

AS Phillis and Thisbe did walk hand in hand,
O they spyd a shepherd, (O they spyd a shepherd,

As Phillis and Thisbe did walk hand in hand,
O they spyd a shepherd that was at a stand.

So if for to venture he had been afraid,
As sweet was the splendor (so, etc.) their beauty displayd.

Said Phillis unto him, Where do you resort,
Or where do you wander, (or, etc.) or where do you sport.

He modestly answered if you would know,
My name is Philorum (my, etc.) I thro the woods go.

Cant you the sweet Grove and the forest forsake,
And leave off to wander (and etc.) for Philliss sake.

Should I the sweet Grove and the forest give oer,
And leave off to wander (and, etc.) it is thee I adore.

Just as they were talking, a Boy I espyd,
With a bow and a quiver (with, etc.) fast tyd to his side.

Said the boy to the shepherd to thee I am sent,
From Venus my mother, (from, etc.) thy mind to content.

The bow it was bent with a thundering dart,
The shepherd was wounded (etc.) quite thorough the heart.

The blind boy in triumph went sporting away,
And left poor Philoram (and left, etc.) a victim and prey.

But the nymph had more pity, and whisperd him soft,
A cure I will tender, (a cure, etc.) let the Boy fly aloft.

She kist him and hugd him, and did him so queeze,
She kist out his passion, (she kist, etc.) Philoram got ease.

I will pull off my garters and bind up the wound,
While poor bleeding Strephon in my arms doth swoon.

Down under a valley where Chesley doth stray,
Whilst Strephon shall kiss me, (etc. and bless me all day.

Altho friends are cruel, and will not consent,
Go thro the Woods Laddy, (go, etc.) and make no complaint.

For the Woods are pleasant, the night fair and clear,
Go thro the Woods Laddy, (go, etc. and keep us from fear.

With bracelets of roses thy arms I will deck,
Thou Queen of my fancy (thou, etc.) whom I do respect.

The crook and the hazel our covering shall be,
None can be like them (none can be like them,

The crook and the hazel our cover?ng shall be,
None can be like them) come sit down by me.

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