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pp. ii., iii., xlv., xlvi. Verse 5. Will Summers or Som- |
mers was a favourite Jester to Henry VIII. His portrait,
as behind a lattice, is (we believe) at Hampton Court : a
small copy, after Dalarem, is in G. Daniel's " Merrie
England" chapter 30. Archibald Armstrong, or Archee,
disliked by Laud, was Jester to Charles I., and latest of
Court- Fools. Under the Hanoverians the office was put
into commission. " Scoggin's Jests " may be found in
W. C. Hazlitt's reprints. "Antidotes" refers to the
Ant. against Melancholy, made up in Pills, 1661.
It is also prefixed to Oxford Jests, edition 1684.

Page 289. A Pox on the Jaylor, and on, &c.
Music to this by Henry Lawes. It is by WILLIAM
CARTWRIGHT, who died about 1639; m ms "Royal
Slave," Act i. Sc. i. (p. 91 of the earliest edition of his
works, 1651.

Page 290. My lodging is on the cold ground.

Celania's song, by SIR WILLIAM D'AVENANT, in his
play, " The Rivals " (an adaptation of " The Two Noble



Cinsmen") Act v., about 1664. Music by Matthew Locke,
n Chappell's Pop. M., 526. The air also given in Vocal
Mag., 1798, II, Sg. 100. As "The Fair Bedlamite" in
live, i. 88; as "The Mad Shepherdess" in Evans' Bds.,
195. It was sung by Mary Davis (see Introduction
o our Westminster Drollery, p. xxxii. note) ; Downes
iays " She performed that so charmingly, that, not long
ifter [1668], it raised her from her bed on the cold ground
:o a Bed Royal." (Rose. Anglicanus, 32, edit. 1781). In
loxb. Coll., ii. 423, is the same song, lengthened to a
roadside ballad, entitled "The Slighted Maid; or, the
Mning Lover," beginning " Was ever Maiden so scorned
y one that she loved so dear ? " given complete, by
^happell, 527-8.

Page 291. From the fair Lavinian shore.

With music by Dr. John Wilson, in Playford's Select
Ayres, 1659, p. 95 ; and P.'s Musical Companion, 1673,
p. 115. It is in the Percy Folio MS., iii. 308, 311, q. 'vide,
as " The Lavinian Shore," reading " From the rich," &c.
Also in Windsor Drollery, 2 ; and Le Prince d' Amour,
1660, p. 177. It is attributed to WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE,
but with only manuscript evidence. (See our Additional
[Note in next volume.) Compare the opening couplet of
A Song :

A gentle breeze from the Lavinian Sea,

Was gliding o'er the Coast of Sicily;

When, lulled 'with soft repose, a prostrate Maid

Upon her bended arm had raised her head :

Her Soul r was all tranquile and smooth 'with rest,

Like the harmonious slumbers of the Blest ;

Wrapped up in Silence, innocent she lay,

And press 9 d thefloiv'rs 'with touch as soft as they. &c.

(Pills to P. M., 1699, p. 221 ; iii. 213.)

Page 292. Calm 'was the evening, &c.

Given already, on p. 220. See note in Appendix, p. 386.
Nothing better shows the careless hap-hazard ways of



these compilers than the frequency with which, in all th<
longer Drolleries, songs are repeated in the same volume

Page 293. Fetch me Ben Jonsorfs scull, &c.

By DR. HENRY EDWARDS. Although absent from th
1 66 1 edition of Merry Drollery, it was certainly then ii
existence, for it appears at that date in the Antidot
against Melancholy,p. 57, with " By Dr. H. E." prefixed
Again, it is in Wit and Mirth, 1684, P- 59> an d in Pills
iii. 327, as " The Virtue of Sack." It is one of the bes
Bacchanalian Rhapsodies in praise of that liquor, and i
admirably sustained throughout, while the varying whim
gain mastery.

Page 296. Noiu that the Spring hath fill* d our 'veins.

In the Antidote against Melancholy, 66; J. P. Collier':
Reprint, 81. Music by John Hilton, in his Catch tha '
Catch Can, 1652, p. I.

Page 300. O the ivily, ivi/y Fox.

Also in the Antidote against Melancholy, 69 ; Repr., 86 ,
With music, by Edward Nelham, it had appeared ii i
John Hilton's " Catch that Catch can," 57, 1658.

Page 300. She lay all naked in her bed.

Also in the 1656 edition of Wit and Drollery, p. 54; t(
this is added, in the 1661 edition, 58 (as also in Merr}
Drollery, same date, ii. 116) an offensive and quite un-
necessary Mock, " She lay up to," &c. We learn frorr
illuminated manuscripts, that it was the custom to sleej
without night gear. See illustration on p. 278, vol. i. o
" Chaucer's England."

Page 302. Some wives are good, and some are bad.

With the music in Pills, iv. 181. Robert Jamieson quotes
this in his Popular Bds., 1806, ii. 316.




'age 304. Call George again boy, Call George again.

Phis excellent Catch is also in Antidote against Melan-
choly, 67 ; Reprint, 82. Music by Jn. Hilton, M.C., 26.

pp. 304, 306. Pox take you ; and, I pray thee, Drunkard.

pv.lso in Wit and Drollery, 1656, pp. 84, 89; where the
Peculiarly drunken look of the promiscuously mingled

apitals meets us. Like David Copperfield's running his
yords together (i.e., " Amigoarawaysoo" and " Lorbless-
ner!") which Thackeray speedily imitated, it is sug-

estive of " How came you so ?"

Page 308. She that 'will eat her breakfast in her bed.

rtusic (by John Hilton) in Walsh's Catch-Club, Pt. ii.
. 42, No. 68. Words in Wits Recreations, 1640, No.
66 -, Wits Interpreter, 1655, p. 115 ; Antidote ag. Melan-
holy, 68 ; and Musa Madrigalesca, 300, from Hilton's
Catch that Catch can," p. 23, 1652.

Page 309. Why should <we boast of Arthur, &c.

'he variations and additional verses are so numerous,
nat we reserve them for the companion volume. The
ong was popular, from about 1612, and meets us (some-
imes as "Why do we boast," &c.) in Antidote ag.
Melanc., 26; Wit and Mirth, 1684, p. 29; Pills (with
nusic), iii. 116; Old Bds., 1723, i. 24; Percy's Reliq.,
i. 3, No. 14; Bagford Coll., ii. 16, &c. A Second Part,
y John Grubb, beginning "The Story of King Arthur it
s very memorable," meets us in Pills, 1699, p, 303;
719, iii. 315. An earlier second part, political, leads oft"
vith " Now the Rump is confounded ;" March 7, 1659-
)O; in the Rump, ii. 159; Loyal Sgs., ii. 249.

Page 312. Sa f w you not Pierce the Piper.

)ne other early copy of this meets us in Antidote against
Vlelancholy, same date, 1661, p. 16 ; J. P. C. Repr., 21.
?litson eives it in his Robin Hood, ii. 210. Wm. Chap-


pell (to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude for his Pop-
ular Music of the Olden Time, and other works alike
scholarly to satisfy the antiquary, and yet so genial inn
tone that they form delightful reading to the genera
lovers of literature), gives us the music, and first verse
Only, in P. M., p. 540. We find the words of the livel}
modern version, "The Wedding of Arthur O'Bradley"
(attributed, in this re-cast, to one Taylor, a comic singei
and actor at beginning of the iQth century), in Bds. ol|
the Peasantry, annotated edit., p. 139 ; It begins, " Come
neighbours, and listen awhile." The bridegroom is of i \
Petrucio cast, in disposition and attire. We suspect thai ;
Taylor had got some traditional fragment of the earliei
Arthur O' Bradley to build on; such as was referred to b}
Elizabethan dramatists. A different ballad entitlec
" Arthur O' Bradley," printed about the end of last cen< I
tury, is in Roxburghe Coll., iii. 283 ; the end is lost, bu
it begins,

"All in the merry month of May,

The maids a May pole they 'will have ;

Your helping hand I do crave ;

For there's never a Man shall sup

Till I have drank my cup,

For I am beloved by all,

The great and the small,

For my name it is Arthur 6" Bradley, O,

O rare Arthur o' Bradley O,

OJlne Arthur o* Bradley 0.

" And as I vuent forth one day,
1 met a maid by the ivay,
I took her by the hand,
Desiring her to stand ;
For 'tis Love conquers Kings,
And a sorrowful heart brings ;
For if you lov'dyour mother,
Love me and no other,

For my name," &c.

Six other irregular verses follow. (See Additional Not
in next volume of the Drolleries).



In the Sixth Scena of the ancient Interlude entitled the
"Contract of a Marriage between Wit and Wisdom"
(mentioned as already existing, in the play "Sir Thomas
More," about 1590); printed in 1846 for the Shakespeare
Society, edited by J. O. Halliwell; we find " Idlenis,"
the Vice, alluding to the proverbial Arthur O' Bradley,
thus :

This is a "world to see hoiv fortune changeth,
This shalbe his luck 'which like me rangeth,

and raingeth ;

For the honour of Artrebradle 9
This age wold make me s'were madly !
Give me one peny or a halfpeny, &c. (P. 49.)

See, also, J. P. Collier's Bibl. Account, i. 26, where he
remarks " the character of the drama carries us back to
the reign of Edward VI., or even earlier."

Page 317. / tell thee 9 Kit, 'where I have been.

By T. FRANKLIN, Oxon. Tune of Sir John Suckling's
ballad, " I tell thee, Dick." Also prefixed to the " Ox-
ford Jests, 1684, and entitled "Two Swains near Oxford
that came to London."

Page 318. There 'were three Cooks in Colebrook.

Also in Antidote ag. Melancholy, 70 ; Repr. 87 ; Acad.
Compt., 1670, p. 185. With music in Walsh's Catch-
Club, ii. 43.

Page 319. Of all the Sciences beneath the Sun.

We know of no other copy. Compare (probably) Dr.
James Smith's " Blacksmith," on p. 225, which preceded
ithis one, we believe.

Page 323. When Vse camefrst to London toivn.
In 1656 this appeared in Wit and Drollery, p. 75; in
[684 in Wit and Mirth, 37. Also, with music by Akeroyd,
in the Pills, iv. 96. Page

c c


Page 326. Why should ive not laugh, and be jolly ?

( By ALEXANDER BROME, before 1655, when it appears in
Wit's Interpreter, p. 61 (edit. 1671, p. 167); in Wit and
Drollery, 1656, p. 112. Also in the Rump, i. 313; Loyal
Songs, i. 199, and A. Brome's Songs, 1688, p. 69, Title,
The Cure of Care.

Page 328. Noiv ive are met in a knot, &c.

Probably this likewise is by ALEXANDER BROME, though
not included amongst his songs when collected by him-
self (he probably wrote many others additional). For
Tom D'Urfey (to whom we all have a leaning) attributes
it to " Old loyal Brome," when beginning his own song
(Pills ii. 66), " The Parliament sat as snug as a Cat,"
which is evidently quoted from verse 14 (p. 331). It is in
the Rump i. 315; and Loyal Songs, i. 201.

Page 332. Have you observed the Wench in the street ?

In Windsor Drollery, 138. With music for three voices,
by Thomas Holmes, in John Hilton's " Catch that Catch
Can," 52, 1658; and in Walsh's Catch-Club, Pt. ii., p.

Page 333. Let the trumpet sound, &c.

This medley is in the Rump, i. 258; Loyal Songs, 1731,
i. 149.

Page 337. Sheiv a Room, Sheiv a Room.

Also in Antidote against Melancholy, 69; Repr. 85.
Music by Thomas Holmes, in Catch that Catch Can,
1652, p. 44.

Page 339. He that a happy life ivould lead.

By ALEXANDER BROME ; written before 1658, at which
date it appears in Wit Restored, p. 163; Reprint, 1873,
p. 285. In A. B.'s Sgs, 1668, p. 114, entitled " The Ad-


Page 341. What Fortune had I, poor maid, &c.

In Antidote against Melancholy, p. 74. Also (if the same
as "What ill luck had I, silly maid that I am?") in
Choice Drollery, 1656, p. 84. See our next volume loc.

Page 342. He that intends to take a 'wife.

In the Pills, iii. 106, as " The Wife Hater," to same
tune (Clark's, on p. 102 of same vol.) as " Now that
Love's Holiday is come."

Page 348. If any so 'wise is, that Sack he despises.

This had appeared, with music by Wm. Child, in Hilton's
" Catch that Catch can," 82, 1652. We find the music also
in Walsh's Catch-Club, ii. 31. Words in Antidote ag.
Melancholy, 72; Wit and Mirth, 1684, p. 114; Hive, iii.
143; and Vocal Library, 128.

Page 374, line 13. (For &c. read 5th s. iv. ii.) It is by
FRANCIS BACON ( ? from Posidippus), printed in Farna-
by's Florilegium, 1629; Reliquiae Wottonite, etc.




THERE are, who, wandering through each trim parterre,
Will spy out fungus-growths, neglecting roses ;
So Readers, leaving what are choice and rare,
May take exception to these ancient posies.
We grant, some look like weeds ; we scarcely dare
Commend them to your bosoms, or your noses !
What then ? In Hortus Siccus plac'd, with care,
They'll gain historical Metempsychosis.

July, 1875. J. W. E.





Our next book will contain fresh Title-pages to the
series of Drolleries, completed in three volumes. Mean-
while, let readers accept the following, for CORRECTIONS
and ADDITIONS to the Appendix of Westminster Drollery :

Page 10. Wert thou much fairer than thou art is by "M.
W. M.," before 1651, as it was answered in that
year by Thomas Stanley, in a Song beginning
" Wert thou by all affections sought."

13. Never persivade me to't. Also in Playford's Select

Ayres, 1652, p. 30, with music by Dr. Colman ;
where is O fain 'would I, &c., p. 9.
- 17. Cellamina, of my heart. By JOHN DRYDEN,
same date, 1671, in "An Evening's Love," Act i.

20. Was ever man so vex'd, &c. Given, with the

music, in Wit & Mirth, 1700, ii. 152; Pills, iv. 155.

28. Line 30. Note on Sauncing bell. See also The

Second Maiden's Tragedy, 1611, Act ii. Sc. 2,
" That drowns a saunce bell.' 9

30. (Additional.) The two poems On a Great Heat,

and On a Mighty Rain, beginning respectively "I
formerly in Countreys, &c., and "Heaven did not
Weep," &c., West. Droll., i. 67, 68, are by WILLIAM
CAVENDISH, Duke of Newcastle, in his Comedy of
"The Country Captain," 1649.

30. Madam, I cannot Court, &c. The original poem,

of which this is the middle verse (modernized), is
attributed to no less a poet than CHRISTOPHER
MARLOW (who died, May, 1593), although marked
" Ignoto." Alexander Dyce gives it in both editions
of that dramatist, and another of our best modern
editors, Colonel Francis Cunningham, inserts it in
his "Mermaid Edition," p. 271. We transcribe
the rare original, printed "At Middleborugh," n,d.,
about 1597, at end of the earliest edition of " Epi-
grammes and Elegies. By I. D[aviesl. and C.
M[arlow]." It begins: " IGNOTO.



/Loue thee not for sacred chastitie,
Who hues for that? nor for thy sprightly ivit :
I loue thee not for thy siveete modestie,
Which makes thee in perfections throane to sit.

I loue thee not for thy inchaunting eye,
Thy beautie\^s~\ rauishing perfection:
I loue thee not for 'vnchast luxurie,
Nor for thy bodies fair e proportion.

I loue thee not for that my soule doth daunce,
And leap 'with pleasure 'when those lips of thine :
Give Musical I and graceful utterance,
To some (by thee made happie) poet's line.

I loue thee not for voice or slender small,

But r wilt thou knoiv 'wherefore ? faire s*weet[,~\for all.

(Compare Thomas Carew's "O my dearest," in Westm.
Droll., \. 91.) Wit's Interpreter keeps much closer to the
original than our version in W. D., and indeed gives true
readings where the "Ignoto" is wrong. Guilding my
Saint (not Oiling); Buss thy fist (not fill), &c. Finally,
it reads "jerk thee soundly." An obliging correspon-
dent (W. G. Medlicott, of Long Meadow, Massachu-
setts) drew our attention to this. Third verse reads :

Sweet ivench[,~\ I loue thee, yet I t wil not sue,
Or she r w my loue as muskie Courtiers doe,
lie not carouse a health to honor thee,
In this same bezling drunken curtesie :
and ivhen a Is quafde, eate i^p my boivsing glasse.
In glory that I am thy seruile asse.
Nor 'wil I 'weare a rotten burbon locke,
as some sivorne pesant to a female smock,
'welfeaturde lasse, Thou knoivest I loue the\e\ dearc\\
Yet for thy sake I ivil not bore mine eare. [,]

To hang thy durtie silken shoo[~~\tires there,
nor for thy loue ivil I once gnash a brick,
Or some pied collours in my bonnet stiche.
but by the chaps of hell to do thee good,
lie freely spend my Thrise decocted bloud.



32. The Shakespeare Society, in 1846, printed the

ballad, " Come, all you Farmers out of the Country "
&c. We may include it in our third volume.

39. Beat on, Proud billoivs. As far as we are aware,

no claim to the authorship of this excellent Song
was ever advanced by Colonel RICHARD LOVE-
LACE during his lifetime, or by his friends for him
in later time. It neither appears among his Lu-
casta Poems, 1649, nor among the "Posthume
Poems of Richard Lovelace, Esqre ," 1659. David
Lloyd, in his "Memoires of those that suffered" in
the cause of Charles I., 1668, certainly implies
that the author of it was still living, with no
other reward than " the conscience of having suf-
fered." Now, unless there were an earlier edition,
ten years earlier than 1668, (against the existence of
which are good reasons), this assertion by Lloyd
disposes of the claim advanced by a learned and
genial critic of Westminster Drolleries in the Ath-
enteum of April loth, 1875. Nor do we think the
internal evidence strongly in favour of Lovelace.
The parallelism indicated between his lines,

Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an Hermitage ;

and the similar expression in " Beat on, proud bil-

Locks, Ears, and Solitude together met,
Makes me no Prisoner, but an Anchoret :

is such ( in our humble opinion ) as more resembles
an imitation, in the latter, of an already famous
poem (written certainly before 1649, an d then pub-
lished), than the self-repetition probable from a
poet who had already so fixed his idea. Tradition
assigns " Beat on, proud billows," to Sir Roger
L' Estrange; but we confess to doubting the cor-
rectness of the supposition. It seems to us, firstly,
above his range ; secondly, he was appointed to the
lucrative office of Licenser (a hangman's duty, too
often), so early as 1665. How then can David



Lloyd's assertion of the author being unrewarded,
&c., be held to apply to this already pampered
official ? It still remains in great part a question
of dates : Lloyd wrote thus after the Restoration.

42. As ive 'went 'wandering. This is a variation of

"When I do travel in the night/' Merry Drollery,
Complete, p, 255 (p. 73, edit. 1661 ); see p. 393.

46. Note on WM. HICKS. We find Samuel Pepys

recording in his Diary, Sept. 25, 1663, "Pleased to
see Captn. Hickes come to me with a list of all the
officers of Deptford Yard, wherein he, being a
high old Cavalier, do give me an account of every
one of them to their reproach in all respects, and
discovers many of their knaverys," &c. An im-
portant bit, in its way, and not making much in
favour of the adventurer.

55. Line 29. Delete "&," (W. D. being for Westm.

Drollery,) and add this : In J. P. (jollier's Extracts,
Registers of Stationer's Company, i. 230, we find
under date 1569-70, a licence to Wyllm. Greffeth
for printing a ballad entitled Taken Napping, as
Mosse took his Meare. J. P. C. notes that the
proverb is not yet forgotten, and is in the collec-
tion by John Hey wood.

63. Line 33. Delete " It appears to be still older, as"
and read " It is as early as 1632; and in," &c.

68. The Ballad, on a similar theme, entitled "The

Devonshire Damsels' Frollick," begins thus :

"Tom and William, 'with Ned and Ben,
In all they 'were about nine or ten" &c.

See our next volume, and Rox. Col., iii. 137.

72. Bottom line but five, read JOHN CROWNE.
- 74. Line sixth. Read 1618, not 1614.

Introduction to W. D., p. 19, line n, (note), read 1673 :
uncertainty about 1672. The frontispiece referred
to on this page, and on p. 74 of Appendix, is now
being engraved for our Readers. It gives a valu-
able record of a Stage-interior at the exact date
of the Westminster Drolleries ; or, more probably,
immediately before the Restoration. J. W. E.


Now in the Press, and shortly to be Published,


Uniform with " Westminster Drolleries " and
" Merry Drollery, Complete"

The third and concluding volume of the present
series of Drolleries (each complete in itself) contains
the whole of the rare CHOICE DROLLERY of 1656,
against which the Puritans waged war, destroying
every copy that could be obtained. Among the
contents are the remarkable verses on The Time-Poets,
Beginning " One night the great Apollo, pleased with
Ben," referring to Jonson's companions, the dramatists
and songsters. Jack of Lents Ballat, 1625 ; The
Red Head and the White; the account of Aldobran-
dino, a fat Cardinal; The Maid of Tottenham; The
Doctors Touchstone, with many amatory poems of
merit, and merry epigrams, diversify the volume.
Several songs are of historical importance, and, like
the above-named, are found nowhere but here. Such
are the ballads on Queen Elizabeth, and on King
James /., with another Upon the Scots being beaten at
Musselborough Field ; verses Upon the Gun Powder
Plot, and To the King on New Years Day, 1638.
Burlesque Lamentations, Catches, commingle with
Sonnets and tender Serenades, in praise of beauty and
chaste affection. The Western Husbandman sings
his complaint against the late wars, and Shepherds
lament the loss of their love.



Merry Drollery , 1661,

But omitted from the later editions.

Nearly two dozen of these are elsewhere unat-
tainable, among them being "A Puritan of late," The
Ladies Delight, The Tyrannical Wife, The Tinker,
The Maid a Bathing, A Letany, John and Jone,
New England Described, The Insatiate Lover, and
Love* s Dream.

The above are all now reprinted for

the first time.
To further enrich the volume, the whole of the re-
maining Poems from the

Antidote against Melancholy,


(not already given), are here added, so that four
complete works are reproduced in these three volumes.

The whole are carefully annotated in Appendices,
with a separate Editorial Introduction to each Col-
lection. Many rare poems from other Drolleries and
contemporary volumes help to illustrate Jthe series,
which claims to be of a representative character, shew-
ing the Cavalier humours and fancies before and
after the Restoration.

lUF The above, together, will form the Third and
concluding volume of the "Drollery Reprints"


Now ready. Small 8vo., zos. 6d. Cloth, uncut.



Westminster Drollery,

1671, 1672.

TO those who are already acquainted with the
two parts of the Westminster Drollery, published
in 1671 and 1672, it must have appeared strange that
no attempt has hitherto been made to bring these de-
lightful volumes within reach of the students of our
early literature. The originals are of extreme rarity,
a perfect copy seldom being attainable at any public
sale, and then fetching a price that makes a book-
hunter almost despair of its acquisition. So great a
favourite was it in the Cavalier times, that most copies
have been literally worn to pieces in the hands of its
many admirers, as they chanted forth a merry stave
from the pages. There is no collection of songs sur-
passing it in the language, and as representative of the
lyrics of the first twelve years after the Restoration
it is unequalled : by far the greater number are else-
where unattainable.

The WESTMINSTER DROLLERIES are reprinted with
the utmost fidelity, page for page, and line for line,
not a word being altered, or a single letter departing
from the original spelling.

iJgT An indifferent copy of the original edition of
the Westminster Drollery was sold by auction last year
for 22 i os. to a bookseller.



"Strafford Lodge, Oatlands Park,

Surrey, Feb. 4, 1875.

I received the "Westminster Drolleries"
yesterday evening. I have spent nearly the whole of this
day in reading it. I can but give unqualified praise to the
editor, both for his extensive knowledge and for his admi-
rable style. The printing and the paper do great credit
to your press. I miss only the old title page to the first
part. I enclose a post-office order to pay for my copy.

Yours truly,
Mr. Robert Roberts. WM. CHAPPELL."

From J. O. Halliijuell, Esqre.

".No. n, Tregunter Road, West Brompton,

London, S. W.,
DEAR SIR, 25th Feby. 1875.

I am charmed with the edition of the
"Westminster Droller);." One half of the reprints of the
present day are rendered nearly useless to exact students
either by alterations or omissions, or by attempts to make
eclectic texts out of more than one edition. By all means
let us have introductions and notes, especially when as
good as Mr. Ebsworth's, but it is essential for objects of
reference that one edition only of the old text be accurately
reproduced. The book is certainly admirably edited.

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