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I have been ready at your hand,

To grant whatever you would crave: I have both waged life and land,

Your love and good-will for to have. Greensleeves, &c.

I bought thee kerchers to thy head,

That were wrought fine and gallantly: I kept thee, both at board and bed,

Which cost my purse well-favour’dly. Greensleeves, &c.

I bought thee petticoats of the best,

The cloth so fine as fine might be: I gave thee jewels for thy chest;

And all this cost I spent on thee. Greensleeves, &c.

Thy smock of silk both fair and white, • With gold embroider'd gorgeously:

Thy petticoat of sendall' right; . And this I bought thee gladly. Greensleeves, &c.

Thy girdle of gold so red,

With pearls bedecked sumptuously,
A thin silk. See Du Cange, voce cendalum.

The like no other lasses had :

And yet thou wouldest not love me ! Greensleeves, &c.

Thy purse, and eke thy gay gilt knives,

Thy pin-case, gallant to the eye: No better wore the burgess' wives :

And yet thou wouldest not love me! Greensleeves, &c.

Thy crimson stockings, all of silk,

With gold all wrought above the knee ; Thy pumps, as white as was the milk:

And yet thou wouldest not love me ! Greensleeves, &c.

Thy gown was of the grassy green,

Thy sleeves of satin hanging by; Which made thee be our harvest queen :

And yet thou wouldest not love me! Greensleeves, &c.

Thy garters fringed with the gold,

And silver aglets' hanging by; Which made thee blithe for to behold: ,

And yet thou wouldest not love me! Greensleeves, &c.

• Aiglets ; aiguillette, a lace with tags:

My gayest gelding I thee gave,

To ride wherever liked thee: No lady ever was so brave:

And yet thou wouldest not love me! Greensleeves, &c.

My men were clothed all in green,

And they did ever wait on thee; All this was gallant to be seen :

And yet thou wouldest not love me! Greensleeves, &c. .

They set thee up, they took thee down,

They serv'd thee with humility; Thy foot might not once touch the ground:

And yet thou wouldest not love me! Greensleeves, &c. : ..

For every morning, when thou rose,

I sent thee dainties, orderly; .. To cheer thy stomach from all woes:

And yet thou wouldest not love me! Greensleeves, &c.

Thou couldst desire-no earthly thing,

But still thou hadst it readily: '...

Thy music, still 10 play and sing :

And yet thou wouldest not love me ! Greensleeves, &c.

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And who did pay for all this gear,

That thou didst spend when pleased thee? Even I that am rejected here, · And thou disdainest to love me !

Greensleeves, &c.

Well! I will pray to God on high,

That thou my constancy mayst see, Aid that, yet once before I die,

Thou wilt vouchsafe to love me ! Greensleeves, &c.

Greensleeves, now farewel! adieu!

God I pray to prosper thee !
For I am still thy lover true:

Come once again and love me! .
Greensleeves, &c..

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