Veronica Delany (ed.), The Poems of Patrick Cary

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Editor’s NoteThe Country LifeTo a French tune

  • 11. Fondlings! keepe to th'Citty,
  • 2Yee shall have my pitty;
  • 3But my Envy, not:
  • 4Since much larger measure
  • 5Of true Pleasure,
  • 6I'me sure's in the Country gott.
  • 72. Here's noe Dinne, noe Hurry,
  • 8None seekes here to curry
  • 9Favour, by base meanes:
  • 10Flattry's hence excluded;
  • Editor’s Note11Hee's secluded
  • 12Who speakes ought, but what Hee meanes.
  • pg 24133. Though your Talke, and Weeds bee
  • 14Glittering, yett your Deeds bee
  • 15Poore, wee them dispize:
  • 16Silken are our Actions,
  • Editor’s Note17And our Pactions,
  • Editor’s Note18Though our Coats and Words bee Frize.
  • 194. Here's noe Lawyer brawling;
  • 20Rising Poore, Rich falling;
  • 21Each is, what Hee was:
  • 22That we have, enjoying:
  • 23Not annoying
  • 24Any Good, Another has.
  • 255. There y'have Ladyes gawdy;
  • 26Dames, that can talke bawdy;
  • 27True, w'have none such here:
  • 28Yett our Girles love surely,
  • 29And have purely
  • 30Cheekes unpainted, Soules most cleare.
  • 316. Sweet, and fresh our Ayre is;
  • 32Each Brooke coole, and fayre is;
  • 33On the Grasse wee treade:
  • 34Foule's your Ayre, Streets, Water;
  • Editor’s Note35And thereafter
  • 36Are the Lives which there you leade.
  • 377. Not our time in Drenching,
  • 38Cramming, Gaming, Wenching,
  • 39Here wee cast away:
  • 40Yett wee too, are Jolly:
  • 41Melancholly
  • 42Comes not neare us, Night, nor Day.
  • pg 25438. Scarce the Morne is peeping
  • 44But wee straight leave sleeping;
  • 45From our Beds wee rise:
  • 46To the Field then hye wee;
  • 47And there ply wee
  • 48Wholsome, harmelesse Exercise.
  • 499. Each comes back a winner;
  • 50Each brings home his Dinner,
  • 51Which was first his Sport:
  • 52And uppon itt feasting,
  • 53Toying, jeasting,
  • 54W'envy not your Cates att Court.
  • 5510. Th' Afternoones wee loose not,
  • 56Idleness wee choose not,
  • 57But are still employ'd:
  • 58Dancers some, some Bowlers,
  • 59Some are Fowlers,
  • 60Some in angling most are joy'd.
  • 6111. Th'Evening home-wards brings us,
  • 62Whither Hunger wings us;
  • 63Ready soone's our Food:
  • 64Spare, light, sweet to th'Pallett,
  • 65And a sallet
  • 66To refresh our heated Blood.
  • 6712. Pleasantly then talking
  • 68Forth wee goe a walking;
  • 69Thence returne to rest:
  • 70Noe sad Dreame incumbers
  • 71Our sweet slumbers;
  • 72Innocence thus makes us Blest.
  • pg 267313. Keepe now, keepe to th'Citty
  • 74Fondlings! y'have my pitty,
  • 75But my Envy, not:
  • 76Since much larger measure
  • 77Of true pleasure
  • 78You see's in the Country gott.

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Editor’s Note
The Country Life. This is the only poem in this section of the manuscript to which the poet himself has given a title.
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l. 11. secluded: ostracized.
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l. 17. Pactions: bargains, agreements; now chiefly Scottish.
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l. 18. Frize: frieze, a coarse woollen cloth with nap usually on one side only.
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l. 35. thereafter: in accordance, i.e., foul like the 'Ayre, Streets, Water'. For the rhyme see p. 70.
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