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Manchester Central Library - Blackletter Ballads
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A delicate new Ditty, composed upon the Posie
of a Ring, being; I fancie none but the alone: sent as a
New-yeares gift, by a Lover to his Sweet-heart.
To the tune of, Dulcina.

THou that art so sweete a creature,
that above all earthly joy,
I thee deeme for thy rare feature,
kill me not by seeming coy;
nor be thou mute,
when this my suit
Into thy eares by love is blowing,
but say by me,
as I by thee,
I fancy none but thee alone.

Hadst thou Cupids mothers beauty,
and Diana's chaste desires,
Thinke on that which is thy duty,
to fulfil what love requires:
Love I aske,
and 'tis thy taske,
To be propitious to my moane,
for stil I say,
and wil for aye,
I fancy none but thee alone.

Let not selfe-conceit ore-strain thee,
woman was at first ordained
To serve man, though I obey thee,
being by Loves Law constrained;
my sobs and teares,
true witnesse beares
Of my hearts griefe and heavy moan,
let not thy frown
then me cast down,
Who fancies none but thee alone,

Think what promise thou didst give me,
when I first did thee behold,
There thou vowd'st thou would'st not leave me,
for a masse of Indian gold,
but now I find
thou [art vn]kind,
All former [vowes are] past and gone,
yet [once agai]ne
him entertaine,
Who fancies none but thee alone,

Let my true affections move thee
to commiserate my paine,
If thou knew'st how deare I love thee,
sure thou wouldst love me againe:
I thee affect,
and more respect
Thy welfare then I doe mine owne,
let this move thee,
to pitty me,
Who fancies none but thee alone.

Why should Women be obdurate,
and mens proffers thus despise?
Deare, be rul'd, we have a Curate,
nuptiall Rites to solemnize:
thou Marigold,
whose leaves unfold,
When Tytans rayes reflect thereon,
on thee Ile shine,
for thou art mine,
I fancie none but thee alone.

The second Part, Or, the Ma[idens kinde reply,]
To the same tune.

DEare I have receiv'd thy token,
and with it thy faithful love,
Prethee let no more be spoken,
I to thee will constant prove,
doe not despaire,
nor live in care,
For her who vowes to be thy owne,
though I seeme strange,
I will not change,
I fancy none but thee alone.

Thinke not that I will fore-goe thee,
though Im absent from thy sight,
When I find myselfe kept from thee,
Id be with thee day and night,
but well thou know'st,
how I am crost,
Else should my Love to thee be showne,
with free accord,
yet take my word,
I fancie none but thee alone.

This Proverb hath oft bin used,
she that's bound must needs obey,
And thou seest how Im inclosed,
from thy presence night and day,
I dare not show
what love I owe
To thee, for feare it should be knowde,
yet still my mind,
shall be inclin'd
To fancy none but thee alone.

Thoug[h my body for a season,]
be a[bsent from thee perforce,]
Yet I [pray thee judge with reason,]
tha[t I love thee nere the worse:
Oh that I might
enjoy thy sight,]
Then [should my love to thee be showne,
then doe not thinke
her love to shrinke,]
Who [fancies none but thee alone.]

Man[y times I thinke upon thee,]
in [my melancholy fits,]
Whe[n I find myselfe kept from thee,]
it d[eprives me of my wits,
oft times I weepe,
when others sleepe,]
Pro[ducing many a grievous groane,
then think on me,
as I on thee,]
An[d fancy none but mee alone.]

No [fastidious motions move me,]
to [be from thy sight so long,]
Doe [not then (my deare) reprove me,]
n[or suspect I doe thee wrong,
for be thou sure,
I doe indure,]
In c[onstancy surpast by none,]
I long to see
the time that we]
Sha[ll of two bodies be made one.]

London, Printed for W.G. dwellin[g ?]

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