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The Tempest: Ballads and madrigals

A ballad of trades

    Room for company, here comes good fellows,
    Room for company in Bartholomew Fair.


Cobblers and broom-men, jailers and loom-men,
Room for company in Bartholomew Fair.
Botchers [tailors who did repairs] and tailors, shipwrights and sailors,
Room for company, well may they fare.
    Room for company. . .

Paviers, bricklayers, potters and brickmakers,
Room for company in Bartholomew Fair.
Pinners [pin-makers] and pewterers, plummers and fruiterers
Room for company, well may they fare.
    Room for company. . .

Pointers [lace-makers] and hosiers, sailmen and clothiers,
Room for company in Bartholomew Fair.
Horse-coursers [horse-dealers], carriers, blacksmiths and farriers,
Room for company, well may they fare.
    Room for company. . .

Colliers [coal miners] and carvers, barbers and sawyers,
Room for company in Bartholomew Fair.
Sergeants and yeomen, farmers and ploughmen,
Room for company, well may they fare.
    Room for company. . .

Bellfounders, fellmongers [dealers in hides],
bellowsmenders, woodmongers,
Room for company in Bartholomew Fair.
Pumpmakers, glassmakers, chamberlains and matmakers,
Room for company, well may they fare.
    Room for company. . .

Collarmakers, needlemakers, buttonmakers, fiddlemakers,
Room for company in Bartholomew Fair.
Fletchers [arrow makers] and bowyers, drawers and weavers,
Room for company, well may they fare.
    Room for company. . .

Cutpurses and cheaters, and bawdy-house door-keepers,
Room for company in Bartholomew Fair.
Punks, ay, and panders, and cashier'd commanders,
Room for company, ill may they fare.

    Room for company, here comes good fellows,
    Room for company, in Bartholomew Fair.

A madrigal in praise of Queen Elizabeth

As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending,
She spied a maiden queen the same ascending,
Attended on by all the shepherds swain,
To whom Diana's darlings came running down amain,
First two by two, then three by three together,
Leaving their goddess all alone, hasted thither;
And mingling with the shepherds of her train,
With mirthful tunes her presence entertain.
Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana,
    Long live fair Oriana!
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