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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Fortunati Nimium
By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
 
JACK 1 and Joan, they think no ill,
But loving live, and merry still;
Do their week-day’s work, and pray
Devoutly on the holy day;
Skip and trip it on the green,        5
And help to choose the Summer Queen;
Lash out at a country feast
Their silver penny with the best.
 
Well can they judge of nappy ale,
And tell at large a winter tale;        10
Climb up to the apple loft,
And turn the crabs till they be soft.
Tib is all the father’s joy,
And little Tom the mother’s boy;
All their pleasure is Content;        15
And care, to pay their yearly rent.
 
Joan can call by name her cows
And deck her windows with green boughs,
She can wreaths and tutties 2 make,
And trim with plums a bridal cake.        20
Jack knows what brings gain or loss;
And his long flail can stoutly toss;
Makes the hedge which others break,
And ever thinks what he doth speak.
 
Now, you courtly dames and knights,        25
That study only strange delights;
Though you scorn the home-spun gray
And revel in your rich array;
Though your tongues dissemble deep,
And can your heads from danger keep;        30
Yet, for all your pomp and train,
Securer lives the silly swain!
 
Note 1. From Divine and Moral Songs in Two Books of Airs, 1613. [back]
Note 2. Tutties: Nosegays. [back]
 
 
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