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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
The Merry Beggars
By Richard Brome (d. 1652?)
 
COME, 1 come; away! the spring,
By every bird that can but sing,
Or chirp a note, doth now invite
Us forth to taste of his delight,
In field, in grove, on hill, in dale;        5
But above all the nightingale,
Who in her sweetness strives t’ outdo
The loudness of the hoarse cuckoo.
  ‘Cuckoo,’ cries he; ‘jug, jug, jug,’ sings she;
  From bush to bush, from tree to tree:        10
  Why in one place then tarry we?
 
Come away! why do we stay?
We have no debt or rent to pay;
No bargains or accounts to make,
Nor land or lease to let or take:        15
Or if we had, should that remore us
When all the world’s our own before us,
And where we pass and make resort,
It is our kingdom and our court.
  ‘Cuckoo,’ cries he; ‘jug, jug, jug,’ sings she;        20
  From bush to bush, from tree to tree:
  Why in one place then tarry we?
 
Note 1. From A Jovial Crew: or The Merry Beggars, act i., 1652. [back]
 
 
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