1672 England - Come Lasses and Lads

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"Come Lasses and Lads" dates from 1672. It was printed in Westminster Drollery and entitled "The rural dance about the Maypole".

Come Lasses and Lads - David Keith Jones:

Michael Bannett, boy alto, sings Come Lasses And Lads:

English lyrics:

Come, lasses and lads, get leave of your dads, and away to the maypole hie,
For ev'ry fair has a sweetheart there, and the fiddler's standing by;
For Willy shall dance with Jane, and Johnny has got his Joan,
To trip it, trip it, trip it, trip it, trip it up and down,
To trip it, trip it, trip it, trip it, trip it up and down.

"Begin!" says Hal; "0 yes!" says Moll, "We'll lead up Packington's Pound."
"Do, do!" says Jess; "No, no!” says Bess, 'We'll first have Sellenger's Round!"
Then every lad did take His hat off to his lass
And ev'ry girl did curtsey, curtsey, curtsey on the grass,
And ev'ry girl did curtsey, curtsey, curtsey on the grass.

"You're out!" says Dick; "Not I," says Nick. "'Twas the fiddler played it wrong."
"'Tis true!" says Hugh, and so says Sue, and so says ev'ry one.
The fiddler then began To play the tune again,
And ev'ry girl did trip it, trip it, trip it to the men,
And ev'ry girl did trip it, trip it, trip it to the men.

Now they did stay the whole of the day, and tired the fiddler quite
With dance and play, without any pay, from morning unto night
They told the fiddler then They'd pay him for his play,
And each a twopence, twopence, twopence gave him and went away,
And each a twopence, twopence, twopence gave him and went away.

"Goodnight!" says Harry; "Goodnight!" says Mary; "Goodnight! says Poll to John,
"Goodnight!" says Sue to her sweetheart Hugh, "Goodnight!" says ev'ryone.
Some walked and some did run; some loitered on the way,
And bound themselves by kisses twelve, to meet the next holiday,
And bound themselves by kisses twelve, to meet the next holiday.

 

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