Dublin Bay, or We'll Wed and We'll Bed

Dance: "Dublin Bay"
Song: "Well Wed and Well Bed", tune by Henry Purcell,
lyrics by Thomas DUrfey, from The Wonders in the Sun, or the Kingdom of the Birds

She:
Oh Love if a god thou wilt be,
do justice in favour of me
For yonder approaching I see,
A man with a beard, who as I have heard,
Has often undone poor maids who have none
With sighing, and toying,
And crying and lying,
And such kind of foolery.

He:
Fair maid by your leave,
my heart does receive,
Strange pleasures to meet you here.
Pray tremble not so,
nor offer to go
Ill do you no harm, I swear!
Ill do you no harm, I swear!


She:
My mother is spinning at home,
My father works hard at his loom,
And here we a-milking are come.
Their dinner they want, pray gentlemen dont
Make more ado ont, nor give us affront.
Were none of the town
Will lie down for a crown.
Then away, sir, and give us room!

He:
By Phoebus, by Jove,
By honour, by love,
Ill do ye dear sweet no harm.
Youre fresh as a rose,
I want one of those.
Ah, how such a wife would charm.
Ah, how such a wife would charm.

She:
And can you then like the old rule,
Be conjugal, honest and frugal,
And marry and look like a fool?
For I must be plain, all tricks are in vain,
Theres nothing can gain, the thing youd obtain
But moving, and proving
By wedding, true loving -
My lesson Ive learnt at school.

He:
Ill dot by this hand,
Ive houses, Ive land,
Estate too in good freehold.
My dear, let us join.
It all shall be thine
Besides a good purse of gold.
Besides a good purse of gold.

She:
You make me to blush, now I vow.
Oh Lord, shall I too baulk my cow?
But since the late oath you have swore
Your soul shall not be in danger of me.
Id rather agree, of two to make three.
Well wed and well bed,
Theres no more to be said
And Ill neer go a-milking more.

He:
Ill dot by this hand,
Ive houses, Ive land,
Estate too in good freehold.
My dear, let us join.
It all shall be thine
Besides a good purse of gold.
Besides a good purse of gold.


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