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- LITERATURE, &c.
MANY readers, I presume, will be pleased with the following specimens of Songs, which occur in various rare Plays in the Garrick Collection.
Few, if any, of these are to be found in the Collections of Songs which have been compiled by Dalrymple, Aikin, Ellis, Ritson, and others. Many seem well worth preserving, and from the extreme and increasing rarity of the works from which they are taken, are little likely to be presented to the inspection of the common reader. Nevertheless, I have not inserted them from my own judgment only. Many intelligent friends have thought with me, that they would form an acceptable portion of the work.
Let us sip, and let it slip
Though pinching be a privie pain,
Who sits so hie, who sits so low?
Who feels such joy, that feels no wo?
To marrie a sheep, to marrie a shrew,
Which God preserve our noble Queen
To serve her Highnesse patiently.
From the Interlude of Tom Tyler and his Wife, in black letter, of which the original edition was printed in 1598; and the second impression, from which the above was copied, in the Garrick Collection, is dated 1661.
In wet and cloudy mists I slowly rise,
Th' adventrous merchant and the mariner,
Whom stormes all day vex in the deep,
The studious that consume their brains and sight,