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National Library of Scotland - Crawford
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The two Constant LOVERS:
In this Dialogue between Samuel and Sarah, etc.
To a pleasant new Tune, etc.
Licensed and Enter'd according to Order.

AS I by chance was walking,
on a Summer's day,
I heard two Lovers talking,
and thus they did say,
With a mournful ditty,
she began her tale,
Which mov'd my heart with pity
her for to bewail:

My Love I have desired
for to speak with you,
My heart within was fired
until that I knew
Whether you were living
in good health or no,
My heart it was grieved
until I did know.

Why, Sweet heart, what ails thee
thus for to complain?
Let not ill befal thee,
thou shalt me obtain:
Though I were absented
from thee for a space,
I'll not be prevented
of thy comely face.

Samuel my own Sweeting,
I to thee must tell,
In a heavy greeting,
what hath us befel:
My friends do grudge & murmur,
and to me did say,
That we must part asunder,
or else they'll thee destroy.

My Love be not grieved,
though thy friends do frown,
Thou shalt be relieved,
none shall put thee down:
I for thy sweet favour
will adventure much,
Though thy friends and brother,
do against me grutch.

O my own dear Sweeting,
I am griev'd in heart,
That I give thee such greeting,
for to breed thy smart;
Barnwel my own brother,
Captain being he,
Swears that of all other,
killed thou shalt be.

Sarah be not fearful,
though thy brother swear,
Of thy life be careful,
I no man do fear:
What care I for Barnwel,
though he a Captain be,
He shall find that Samuel
is as good as he.

O my loving Samuel,
look where he doth go,
'Tis my brother Barnwel,
now begins our woe:
Would that we together
had not met this day,
O my Judas brother
will thy life betray.

Now comes Captain Barnwel
to these Lovers twain,
And made account that Samuel
he should soon have slain;
But it prov'd contrary
to his bloody mind,
In the sight of Sarah,
conquest he resign'd.

Then said he to Samuel,
What do you do here?
I'm with my Sweet-heart Sarah,
put her not in fear:
Barnwel in a fury,
swore he would prevent
His own sister Sarah
of her heart's content.

O my brother Barnwel,
let me you intreat,
Not to wrong my Samuel
in your bloody heat:
He hath ne'r offended
you at any time,
Let him not be condemned,
save his life take mine.

Ay, says Captain Barnwel,
Sarah thou shalt see;
Then he call'd to Samuel,
Come and answer me?
I thy death have vowed
e'er I further go.
Then sweet Sarah bowed,
saying, Do not so.

Samuel being heedful
of his tyranny,
Says, Sarah be not fearful,
thou anon shalt see,
Though thy brother Barnwel,
vow my life to spill,
Thou shalt see that Samuel,
hath both strength and skill

Now these words being spoke
they to weapons go,
Samuel gave him a token
with a dreadful blow;
And withal inclosed
with his enemy;
Then Barnwel he supposed,
that himself should dye:

Then says loving Samuel,
Are you now content?
Ay, says Captain Barnwel,
and withal consent,
That my sister Sarah
shall be made thy wife,
So thou wilt but spare me,
and not take my life.

Thus in peace they ceased
for the present time,
Sarah much was eased
of her troubled mind;
And injoy'd her Samuel
to her heart's content;
And her brother Barnwel
gave his free consent.

Now these Lovers twain,
live in joy and peace,
Pray Heaven upon them rain
plenty and increase:
And all true Lovers,
wheresoe'er they be,
Aid them with thy favour,
that have such constancy.

London: Printed by and for W.O[.]
and sold by the Booksellers

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