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Pastime With Good Company [tune: Pastime with good company] Pastime with good company I love, and shall until I die; Grudge who lill but none deny so this live will I For my pastance, hunt sing and dance; My heart is set, All goodly sport, to my comfort, who shall me let? Youth must have some dalliance, of good or ill some pastance; Company me thinketh best allthoughts and fancies to digest; For idleness is chief mistress of vices all: Then who can say but mirth and play is best of all? Company with honesty is virtue sure; and vice to flee, Company is good or ill, but every man has his free will. The best I sue, the worst eschew; My mind shall be Virtue to use, vice to refuse, I shall use me. Written by Henry VIII, (1491-1547). Frequently sung at renaissance faires. WBO oct97
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