Turtles and twins, courts brood, a heavenly pair
Happy the heart that thinks of no removes!
Of no removes!
Note 1. From John Dowlands Second Book of Songs or Airs, 1600. Dowland had the distinction, says Mr. Erskine (Study of The Elizabethan Lyric, ed. 1905, pp. 22930), of presenting here one of the famous pedlar-songs of Elizabethan poetry . The great antiquity of mercers songs in England has already been noticed. (Ibid. Chap, ii.) The character of the roving pedlar, especially if he were wittily impudent, seems to have appealed strongly to the Elizabethan imagination. In its normal presentation, Shakespeares Autolycus (see below Nos. 418 and 419) sums up the type. Dowlands pedlar, however, is idealized into a second-hand philosopher; every line of his speech, in phrase and thought, is a burlesque echo of the moral verses in the miscellanies. [back]