Fine knacks for ladies, cheap, choice, brave and new, Good pennyworths but money cannot move, I keep a fair but for the fair to view, A beggar may be liberal of love. Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true. Great gifts are guiles and look for gifts again, My trifles come as treasures from my mind, It is a precious jewel to be plain, Sometimes in shell the Orient's pearls we find. Of others take a sheaf, of me a grain. Within this pack pins, points, laces and gloves, And divers toys fitting a country fair, But in my heart, where duty serves and loves, Turtles and twins, Court's brood, a heav'nly pair. Happy the man that thinks of no removes.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by John Dowland (1562 - 1626), "Fine knacks for ladies", published 1600 [voice and lute], from Second Book of Songs or Airs [ sung text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Nicolaas (Koos) Jaspers) , "Snuisterij voor dames", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- SPA Spanish (Español) (Javier Conte-Grand) , "Refinadas baratijas para damas", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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