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Faint heart hath been a common phrase, faire ladie never wives.

J. P. COLLIER'S Reprint of The Rocke of Regard. (1576) P. 122.

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(See also FLETCHER)

And when with envy Time transported
Shall think to rob us of our joys,
You'll in your girls again be courted,
And I'll go wooing in my boys.

GILBERT COOPER, according to JOHN AIKIN, in Collection of English Songs. Winifreda. Claimed for him by WALTER THORNBURYTwo Centuries of Song. (1810) BISHOP PERCY assigns it a place in his Reliques. I. 326, (Ed. 1777), but its ancient origin is a fiction. Poem appeared in Dodsley's Magazine and in Miscellaneous Poems by Several hands. (1726)

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Whaur hae ye been a' day,

My boy Tammy?

I've been by burn and flowery brae,
Meadow green and mountain grey,
Courting of this young thing
Just come frae her mammy.
HECTOR MACNEILL Song.

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I will now court her in the conqueror's style; "Come, see, and overcome."

MASSINGER-Maid of Honour. Act II. Sc. 1.

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He kissed her cold corpse a thousand times o'er, And called her his jewel though she was no more: And he drank all the pison like a lovyer so brave, And Villikins and Dinah lie buried in one grave. HENRY MAYHEW condensed and interpolated the modern version in his Wandering Min strel. The words of an old song given to him by the actor, MITCHELL, who sang it in 1831. The ballad is older than the age of Queen Elizabeth, according to G. A. SALA -Autobiography.

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And every shepherd tells his tale Under the hawthorn in the dale. MILTON-L'Allegro. L. 67.

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