Wooing Song of a Yeoman of Kent's Sonne

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Traditional ballad from Kent

Ich have house and land in Kent,
And if you'll love me, love me now;
Two-pence half-penny is my rent, -
Ich cannot come every day to woo.
Two-pence half-penny is his rent,
And he cannot come every day to woo.

2. Ich am my vather's eldest zonne,
My mouther eke doth love me well!
For Ich can bravely clout my shoone,
And Ich full-well can ring a bell.
For he can bravely clout his shoone,
And he full well can ring a bell.

3. My vather he gave me a hogge,
My mouther she gave me a zow;
Ich have a god-vather dwells there by,
And he on me bestowed a plow.
He has a god-vather dwells there by,
And he on him bestowed a plow.

4. One time Ich gave thee a paper of pins,
Anoder time a taudry lace;
And if thou wilt not grant me love,
In truth Ich die bevore thy vace.
And if thou wilt not grant his love,
In truth he'll die bevore thy vace.

5. Ich have been twice our Whitson Lord,
Ich have had ladies many vare;
And eke thou hast my heart in hold,
And in my minde zeemes passing rare.
And eke thou hast his heart in hold,
And in his minde zeemes passing rare.

6. Ich will put on my best white sloppe,
And Ich will weare my yellow hose;
And on my head a good gray hat,
And in't Ich sticke a lovely rose.
And on his head a good grey hat,
And in't he'll stick a lovely rose.

7. Wherefore cease off, make no delay,
And if you'll love me, love me now;
Or els Ich zeeke zome oder where, -
For Ich cannot come every day to woo.
Or else he'll zeeke zome oder where,
For he cannot come every day to woo.

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