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The Choise of Valentines

Or the Merie Ballad of Nash His Dildo

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Author: Thomas Nash
Published: 1680
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,599 / 37 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.9
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 794
Added to site: 2006.02.17 12787
Genre: Poetry

seeke them valentines soe trimme and gaie; 4

With whom they maie consorte in summer sheene,
And dance the haidegaies on our toune-greene,
As alas at Easter, or at Pentecost,
Perambulate the fields that flourish most; 8

And goe to som village abbordring neere,
To taste the creame and cakes and such good cheere;
Or see a playe of strange moralitie,
Shewen by Bachelrie of Maningtree. 12

Where to, the contrie franklins flock-meale swarme,
And Jhon and Jone com marching arme in arme.
Euen on the hallowes of that blessed Saint
That doeth true louers with those ioyes acquaint, 16

I went, poore pilgrime, to my ladies shrine,
To see if she would be my valentine;
But woe, alass, she was not to be found,
For she was shifted to an upper ground: 20

Good Justice Dudgeon-haft, and crab-tree face,
With bills and staues had scar'd hir from the place;
And now she was compel'd, for Sanctuarie,
To flye unto a house of venerie. 24




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