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Pastime with good company

from Argentea by Wünnespil

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Henry VIII of England, 16th century


Pastime with good company,
I love and shall until I die.
Gruch so will, but none deny;
So God be pleas’d, so live will I;
For my pastance,
Hunt, sing and dance;
My heart is set
For my comfort:
All goodly sport.
Who shall me let?

Youth must have some dalliance,
Of good or ill some pastance.
Company methinks then best,
All thoughts 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, vices to flee;
Company is good and ill,
But every man hath his free will.
The best ensue,
The worst eschew,
My mind shall be;
Virtue to use,
Vice to refuse,
Thus shall I use me.


from Argentea, released May 1, 2000


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Wünnespil Waldsee, Germany

The ensemble started 1995 and consists at present of the initial members Jutta & Klaus Peill (Spilwîp Maria and Markward, Pfeil von Elberfeld). The couple is practicing music together for over 25 years in different formations and dedicated itself during the years to the most diverse style directions like celtic folk, a capella, overtone singing, worldmusic and Middle Age and Renaissance music. ... more

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