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.

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