by Thomas Ravenscroft (c1582 - c1635)

Dance of Death (Hawking for the Partridge)
Language: English 
 Whurret!        Duty              Beauty
 Quando         Timble
 Travel            Trover
 Jew               Damsel
 Hey dogs hey! Ware haunt hay!

 Sith sickles and the shearing scythe
 Hath shorn the fields of late,
 Now shall our hawks and we be blithe,
 Dame Partridge ware your pate!
 Our murdering kites
 In all their flights
 Will seld or never miss
 To truss you ever and make your bale our bliss.

 Whurret!       Wanton         Sugar         Mistress
 Semster        Faver         Minx
 Callis            Dover         Sant
 Dancer          Jerker        Quoy

 Whurret!        Tricker          Crafty         Minion
 Dido              Civil           Lemmon
 Cherry           Carver        Courtier
 Stately          Ruler          German let fly!

 O well flown, eager kite, mark!
 We falconers thus make sullen kites
 Yield pleasure fit for kings,
 And sport with them in those delights,
 And oft in other things.


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Researcher for this text: John Versmoren