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THE

HAPPY LIFE

OF A

COUNTRY PARSON.

IN IMITATION OF MARTIAL.

PARSON, these things in thy possessing
Are better than the bishop's blessing:
A wife that makes conserves; a steed
That carries double when there's need;
October store, and best Virginia,
Tithe pig, and mortuary guinea ;
Gazettes sent gratis down, and frank’d,
For which thy patron's weekly thank’d;
A large Concordance, bound long since ;
Sermons to Charles the First, when prince;
A chronicle of ancient standing;
A Chrysostom, to smooth thy band in;
The Polyglot, -three parts --my text-
Howbeit-likewise-now to my next-
Lo here the Septuagint,--and Paul, -
To sum the whole, the close of all.

He that has these, may pass his life,
Drink with the 'squire, and kiss his wife;
On Sundays preach, and eat his fill;
And fast on Fridays, if he will ;
Toast church and queen, explain the news,
Talk with churchwardens about pews,
Pray heartily for some new gift,
And shake his head at doctor Swift.

A TALE A TALE OF CHAUCER.

LATELY FOUND IN AN OLD MANUSCRIPT.

1

WOMEN, though nat sans leacherie,
Ne swinken but with secrecie:
This in our tale is plain y-fond,
Of clerk that wonneth in Irelond;
Which to the fennes hath him betake
To filch the gray ducke fro the lake.
Right then there passen by the way
His aunt, and eke her daughters tway:
Ducke in his trowzes hath he hent,
Not to be spied of ladies gent.
“ But ho ! our nephew (crieth one)
“ Ho: (quoth another) couzen John;"
And stoppen, and lough, and callen out,
This sely clerk full low doth lout.
They asken that and talken this,
“ Lo here is coz, and here is miss.”
But, as he gloz'd with speeches soote,
The ducke sore tickleth his erse roote :
Forepiece and buttons all to-brest,
Forth thrust a white neck and red crest.
“ Te-he,” cried ladies; clerke nought spake;
Miss star'd; and gray ducke crieth “ quaake.”
« O moder, moder (quoth the daughter)
“ Be thilke same thing maids longen a'ter?
“ Bette is to pyne on coals and chalke,
“ Then trust on mon, whose yerde can talke.”

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