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Thread #23532   Message #261938
Posted By: GUEST,Bruce O.
20-Jul-00 - 11:12 PM
Thread Name: WHY not fear the rumpling of her gown-O?
Subject: RE: BS: WHY not fear the rumpling of her gown-O?
Henceforth, when you doe meet a maide,
a mile out of the towne,
Sir Knight, you must not be affraid
of soyling of her gowne: {chorus]

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It is a proverb, many say,
and truth it is in tryall,
He that will not when as he may,
shall after have denyall.
(chorus)
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I've also seen it as a 17th century couplet:
He that will not when he may,
When he will he shall have nay.

Verses above from Richard Climsell's version of 1637 which Prof. Child overlooked (#112). It's indexed as ZN2506 in the broadside ballad index on my website. www.erols.com/olsonw