by Robert Herrick
AT stool-ball, Lucia, let us play
For sugar-cakes and wine :
Or for a tansy let us pay,
The loss, or thine, or mine.
If thou, my dear, a winner be
At trundling of the ball,
The wager thou shalt have, and me,
And my misfortunes all.
But if, my sweetest, I shall get,
Then I desire but this :
That likewise I may pay the bet
And for all a kiss.
Stool-ball, a game of ball played by girls.
Tansy, a cake made of eggs, cream, and herbs.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 45.