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As like to Lubberkin's in curl and hue, As if upon his comely pate it grew. “ With my sharp heel I three times mark the

ground,
And turn me thrice around, around, around.”

At eve last midsummer no sleep I sought,
But to the field a bag of hemp-seed brought :
I scatter'd round the seed on every side,
And three times in a trembling accent cry'd,
“ This hemp-seed with my virgin hand I sow,
Who shall my true-love be, the crop

shall mow." I straight look'd back, and, if my eyes speak truth, With his keen scythe behind me came the youth. “ With my sharp heel I three times mark the

ground, And turn me thrice around, around, around.”

Last Valentine, the day when birds of kind Their paramours with mutual chirpings find; I rearly rose, just at the break of day, Before the sun had chas'd the stars away ; A-field I went, amid the morning dew, To milk my kine (for so should huswives do); Thee first I spy'd: and the first swain we see, In spite of fortune shall our true-love be. See, Lubberkin, each bird his partner take; And canst thou then thy sweetheart dear forsake ? “ With my sharp heel I three times mark the

ground, And turn me thrice around, around, around.”

Last May-day fair I search'd to find a snail, That might my secret lover's name reveal.

Upon a gooseberry-bush a snail I found,
(For always snails near sweetest fruit abound).
I seiz'd the vermine, whom I quickly sped,
And on the earth the milk-white embers spread.
Slow crawl'd the snail, and, if a right can spell,
In the soft ashes mark'd a curious L;
Oh, may this wond'rous omen lucky prove !
For L is found in Lubberkin and Love.
" With my sharp heel I three times mark the

ground,
And turn me thrice around, around, around.”

Two hazel nuts I threw into the flame, And to each nut I gave a sweetheart's name; This with the loudest bounce me sore amaz'd, That in a flame of brightest colour blaz’d. As blaz'd the nut, so may thy passion grow; For 'twas thy nut that did so brightly glow. “ With my sharp heel I three times mark the

ground, And turn me thrice around, around, around.”

As peasecods once I pluck'd, I chanc'd to see, One that was closely fill'd with three times three, Which when I cropp'd I safely home convey'd, And o'er the door the spell in secret laid ; My wheel I turn'd, and sung a ballad new, While from the spindle I the fleeces drew; The latch mov'd up, when, who should first come

in But, in his proper person-Lubberkin. I broke my yarn, surpris’d the sight to see; Sure sign that he would break his word with me.

Eftsoons I join'd it with my wonted sleight: So may again his love with mine unite! With my sharp heel I three times mark the

ground, And turn me thrice around, around, around.”

This lady-fly I take from off the grass, Whose spotted back might scarlet red surpass, “ Fly, lady-bird, north, south, or east, or west, Fly where the man is found that I love best." He leaves my hand ; see, to the west he's flown, To call my true-love from the faithless town. “ With my sharp heel I three times mark the

ground,
And turn me thrice around, around, around.”

I pare this pippin round and round again,
My shepherd's name to flourish on the plain,
I fling th' unbroken paring o'er my head,
Upon the grass a perfect L is read;
Yet on my heart a fairer L is seen,
Than what the paring makes upon

the

green. With my sharp heel I' three times mark the

ground,
And turn me thrice around, around, around."

This pippin shall another trial make,
See, from the core two kernels brown I take;
This on my cheek for Lubberkin is worn;
And Boobyclod on t' other side is borne.
But Boobyclod soon drops upon the ground,
A certain token that his love's unsound;
While Lubberkin sticks firmly to the last:
Oh were his lips to mine but join'd so fast !

" With my sharp heel I three times mark the

ground, And turn me thrice around, around, around.”

As Lubberkin once slept beneath a tree, I twitch'd his dangling garter from his knee. He wist not when the hempen string I drew. Now mine I quickly doff, of inkle blue. Together fast I tie the garters twain ; And while I knit the knot repeat this strain : “ Three times a true-love's knot I tie secure, Firm be the knot, firm may his love endure !" “ With my sharp heel I three times mark the

ground, And turn me thrice around, around, around.”

As I was wont, I trudg'd last market-day, To town, with new-laid eggs preserv'd in hay. I made my market long before 'twas night, My purse grew heavy, and my basket light. Straight to the 'pothecary's shop I went, And in love-powder all my money spent. Behap what will, next Sunday after prayers, When to the ale-house Lubberkin repairs, These golden flies into his mug I'll throw, And soon the swain with fervent love shall glow. “With my sharp heel I three times mark the

ground, And turn me thrice around, around, around." But hold-our Lightfoot barks, and cocks his

ears, O'er yonder stile see Lubberkin appears.

He comes! he comes ! Hobnelia's not bewray'd,
Nor shall she crown'd with willow die a maid.
He vows, he swears, he'll give me a green gown :
O dear! I fall adown, adown, adown!

SATURDAY; OR THE FLIGHT'S.

Bowzybeus. SUBLIMER strains, O rustic Muse! prepare; Forget awhile the barn and dairy's care ; Thy homely voice to loftier numbers raise, The drunkard's flights require sonorous lays; With Bowzybeus' songs exalt thy verse, While rocks and woods the various notes rehearse.

'Twas in the season when the reapers' toil Of the ripe harvest 'gan to rid the soil; Wide through the field was seen a goodly rout, Clean damsels bound the gather'd sheaves about; The lads with sharpen'd hook and sweating brow, Cut down the labours of the winter plough. To the near hedge young Susan steps aside, She feign'd her coat or garter was unty'd; Whate’er she did, she stoop'd adown unseen, And merry reapers what they list will ween. Soon she rose up, and cry'd with voice so shrill, That echo answer'd from the distant hill ; The youths and damsels ran to Susan's aid, Who thought some adder had the lass dismay'd,

When fast asleep they Bowzybeus spy'd, His hat and oaken staff lay close beside;

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