UP TAILS ALL.
by Robert Herrick
BEGIN with a kiss,
Go on too with this ;
And thus, thus, thus let us smother
Our lips for awhile,
But let's not beguile
Our hope of one for the other.
This play, be assur'd,
Long enough has endur'd,
Since more and more is exacted ;
For love he doth call
For his uptails all ;
And that's the part to be acted.
Uptails all, the refrain of a song beginning Fly
Merry News : see Note.
[ Note, p.280:
729. Up tails all. This tune will be found in
Chappell's Popular Music of the Olden Time, vol. i.
p. 196. He notes that it was a favourite with Her-
rick, who wrote four other poems in the metre, viz.:
The Hag is Astride, The Maypole is up, The Peter-
penny, and Twelfth Night : or, King and Queen. The
Tune is found in Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book,
and in the Dancing Master (1650-1690). It is alluded
to by Ben Jonson, and was a favourite with the
« AJ Note: cf. also, Ceremonies for Christmas »
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 57; 280.