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THE KING Found at Southvvell, and the Oxford Gigg playd, and Sung at VVitney VVakes: VVith the Maſque shewed before divers Courtiers, and Cavaliers, that went thither from Oxford, and ſeverall Ketches and Songs at the ſaid VVakes.

Preſented to the Duke of YORKE.

By Mr, Loyd, Studient of Christ Church in Oxford, and a Captaine of that Gariſon.

London printed for F. L. 1646:


To the moſt Illuſtrious IAMES Duke of YORKE:


PArt of theſe Papers being already deſtin'd to your Highneſſes Recreation, the reſt (like divided Wormes) by reuniting to their peeces, are link't againe into an entire-nothing. All I pretend to here exceeds not the Pedlers Ambition, who in the ſtrength of his Portable VVarehouſe, ſwells into the title of a Mer­chant, and yet inſtead of Silkes and Tiſſues, receives them with nothing but Tapes, and Filletings. The Veſſell is here ſo unfraught and Empty, that it aimes at ſo Royall a Haven, not by deſigne of Commerce, or Trading, but ſhelter, and ſafety from tempestuous Cenſures, which is the greateſt Am­biton of your Highneſſe's

Moſt humble ſervant M. LL.


VVItney is a towne neere Oxford whither divers Cour­tiers, and Officers of Oxford Gariſon went to the VVakes to bee merry, where they ſung and drank themſelves out of all their ſences, on the VVake day early in the morning, they went out of Oxford ſinging this ſong, taught them by Captaine Loyd their Poet as followeth.

At the meeting of the Courtiers and Cavaliers that had appointed to bee merry at VVitney Wake, Captaine LOYD ſung thus.

I, and whether ſhall we goe?
To the VVake I tro:
Tis the Village.
L. Majors ſhw.
Oh! to meet I will not faile,
For my pallat is in haſt,
Till J ſipp againe and taſt,
Of the Nūthr̄own-Laſſe & Ale.
Feele how my Temples ake,
For the Lady of the VVake.
Hir lips are as ſoft as a Medler,
VVith her Poſes and her poynts,
And the Ribons on her joynts.
The diviſe of the Fields
and the Pedler.

Then from Oxford ſinging this ſong, away they went over the Fields to VVitney to the Wakes.

Theſe Gallants being arived at VVitney; early in the morn­ing, (with their traine from Oxford) where they had appoint­ed certaine Morris-Dancers to meete them at the Wakes, as alſo ſeverall Muſitians with various ſorts of Muſicke, viz. the Country Fiders, a Taberer; a payre of bagge-Pipes, and an Harper, and being come to their quarters where they were re­ſolved to be merry, they firſt began to drink hard, but the Mor­ris-Dancers,5 and the Muſick being ready to attend them, firſt of all began the Morris-Dancers to caper before them, with one who gave the Lords favour to divers Gentlemen that gave him ſome a ſhilling, ſome 6. ſome more, ſome leſſe, for the common ſtocke of the company, There were ſome 6. or 7. Country fellowes with Napkins, and Scarfes, and Ribons tyed about them, and bells at their knees, according to the manner of that ſport, and with them a Mayd-Marian, and two fooles, who fell a danſing and capering bfore the Oxford blades, and made them ſport a good while.

The Song at the entry of the Morris-Dancers before them.

VVith a noyſe and a din,
Comes the Morris-dancer in
VVith a fine linnen ſhirt;
But a buckeram skinne.
O! he treads out ſuch a peale,
From his paire of logs of Veale
His quarters and Idolls to him,
Nor doe thoſe knaves inviron
Their toes with ſo much Iron
Twill ruin a Smith to ſhooe him.
J and then he flings about,
His ſweate, and his Clout,
The weſeſt thinke it too ells:
While the Yeomen think it meet.
That be jangle at his feete,
The forherſe right eare jewells.

Then the Fool with his baw­ble fell to ſeverall ſports, and to tumbling, &c.

After that they had wearied both the Morris-Dancers, and themſelves too with this ſport, by which time they had well druke, they diſcharged them, and called for the Country Fid­lers, and accordingly there entred foure Country fellows, with a Tenor a Meane, a Treble, and a Baſe, who having playd ſome time before them, and they having danced a while with ſome Country Laſſes, the Gallants called for dinner, and then called in an old Fidler and his boy to play to them, and ſing whilſt they were at dinner, after with Mr. Loyd, he acted his part as followeth.


The ſong upon the Fidler and his boy that plaid and ſung to them at Dinner at the VVakes.

But before all be don,
with a Chriſtopher ſtrung,
Comes Muſick none
Though Fidler one,
VVith the Oule & his Gran­child.
with a face like a Man-child,
Amazed in their neſt,
A wake from their reſt
And ſeeke out an Oake to laugh in.
Such a diſmall Chance
Makes the Church-yeard dance
VVhen the Screechowles Guts ſtring a Coffin.
when a Fidlers Coarce
Catches could & growes hoarſe
Oh the never heard a ſadder
when a Roundheaded ſinner
makes his Will before Dinner,
To the Tune of Nooze and the Ladder.

This Song pleaſed them all well, and made them very merry.

In the middeſt of their Cups, they fell to very deboyſte­rous and profane diſcourſes, and in the Malignant oration of Heliconian liquer, they thought themſelves to be no ſmall fooles but after Dinner they being riſen, ſome of them tooke a nappe to recover a little of their ſences; but in the afternoone the reſt of the Maſque was ſhewne.

And accordingly there came in a poore fellow with his Ta­ber and Pipe, and he fell to playing before them, and tells ſtrange ſtories in Rime-doggery, which made them to grinne a little one at another, for they were too much drunke to laugh hartily, and then Mr. Lloyd he acted his part and he falls to ſinging for he was ſtill to be the Poet and act his part as Jeſter upon them all.


The Song upon the man that plaid upon the Taber and Pipe.

I, but all will not doe,
without a Paſſe or two,
From him that pipes
and tabers the tatoo.
Hee's a man that can tell'em
ſuch a Jigg from his vellam
with his whiſle, & his Club,
And his brac't halfe Tubbe
that I think
There ne're came before yee
though the Moths lodged in't
or in manuſcript or print
ſuch a pitifull Parchment ſtory
He that hammers like a Tinker
Kettle Muſique is a ſtinker,
our taberer bids him harke it,
though he thraſh till he ſweats
and out the bottom beats
of his two
Doſſer Drumes to the Market

But this ſport they are ſoone weary of, and therefore diſcharge him to be gone.

Then they called in the man with the Bagg-Pipes, who had a payre three times as big as thoſe which they uſe at Pallace Gar­den to play before the Beares with, for he had gotten a paire of Bag-pipes as bigge at thoſe that Arthur of Bradley uſed to play with in the North Country, when the young Fellowes and the Laſſes were wont to meet to dance to, under the green Trees, and then they cryed out oh brave Arthur of Bradley.

This man came in with his Bag-pipes, and there he went a­bout his worke, and ſitting him downe upon a Stoole, to play he went, and pleaſed the Cavaliers and the Courtiers and the reſt that were at the Wakes wondrous well, and Mr. Lloyd ſung to them as followeth.

Mr. Loyds Song to the Bag-pipes.

Bag-piper good luck on you
th'art a man for my money
Him the Beares love
better then hony
How he tickles with his skill
with his bladder and his quil
How he ſwells till he bliſter
while he gives his mouth a Gliſter
Nor yet does his Piſick
greeve him.
His Chops they wold not tary
For a try'd Apothecary.
But the Harpe comes in
to releeve him.

They made ſport a long while with the Bag-pipes

Then there was a tall ſhag head Ruffen came in with a harpe to conclude the Muſique who plaid many ſeverall leſſons to them, both French, and Iriſh, as well as Engliſh, he plaid alſo a hone, a hone, and to him the Oxford Poet ſung this Leſſon.

The Harpe tooke its fountaine
From the Boggs of the mountaine
For better was never aforded
Strings hop and rebound
Oh the very ſame ſounded
May be ſtrung from a Trucl-bed Coarded.

After which the Harper, as the reſt were diſcharged, and the Maſque being ended, and the Oxford blades ſoundly fuddled, they fell to ſinging of Catches, and M. Lloid taught them a new Catch as followeth which they roared out to purpoſe.


The VVitney Catch; or concluſion of the Maſque at Witney Wakes,

Now God a bleſſe King Charles
And ſend him to be merry.
And bring our noble Queene
A ſafe over the Ferry,
The Prince, marry ſave him
And the Duke his owne brother
God a bleſſing light upon him,
He is eene ſuch another.
I ſay the Dukes worſhip,
For an whoſe ſweet ſake
VVas a Cheefly intended
We of VVitney, and the VVake

Some conſiderable addition all lines for concluſion.

The King went out of Oxford, in private, towards the North,
And with his Majeſty, A Prieſt, and Aſhburnham went forth,
To Southwell then they tooke their way, neare Newarke ſiege,
But there the Scotts beſet the Towne, And Soveraigne Leige,
And did the Engliſh then acquaint what they had done,
Both do conſult how they may beſt the King ſend home.

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TextThe King found at Southvvell, and the Oxford gigg playd, and sung at VVitney VVakes: vvith the masque shevved before divers courtiers, and cavaliers, that went thither from Oxford, and severall ketches and songs at the said vvakes. Presented to the Duke of Yorke. / By Mr. Loyd, studient of Christ Church in Oxford, and a captaine of that garison.
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Bibliographic informationThe King found at Southvvell, and the Oxford gigg playd, and sung at VVitney VVakes: vvith the masque shevved before divers courtiers, and cavaliers, that went thither from Oxford, and severall ketches and songs at the said vvakes. Presented to the Duke of Yorke. / By Mr. Loyd, studient of Christ Church in Oxford, and a captaine of that garison. Lloyd, M., Captain.. 8 p. printed for F.L.,London :1646.. (Annotation on Thomason copy: "May 7th".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Charles -- I, -- King of England, 1600-1649 -- Early works to 1800.
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  • Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649 -- Personal narratives -- Early works to 1800.

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