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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
A Lady to a Young Courtier
By Dr. Henry Hughes (c. 1602–c. 1652)
 
LOVE 1 thee! good sooth, not I!
  I’ve somewhat else to do;
Alas, you must go learn to talk,
  Before you learn to woo.
  Nay, fie! stand off, go to!        5
 
Because you’re in the fashion,
  And newly come to Court;
D’ye think, your clothes are orators
  T’ invite us to the sport?
  Ha, Ha! Who will not jeer thee for’t.        10
 
Ne’er look so sweetly, youth,
  Nor fiddle with your band;
We know, you trim your borrowed curls
  To show your pretty hand.
  But ’tis too young for to command.        15
 
Go, practise how to jeer;
  And think each word a jest;
That’s the Court wit. Alas, you’re out,
  To think when finely drest,
  You please me, or the ladies, best.        20
 
Mark, how Sir Whacham fools;
  Aye, marry, there’s a wit!
Who cares not what he says, or swears;
  So ladies laugh at it;
  Who can deny such blades a bit!        25
 
Note 1. From Henry Lawes’ Airs, 1669. [back]
 
 
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