The Wishing Caps

(enlarged from Kim)




LIFEíS all getting and giving,
Iíve only myself to give.
What shall I do for a living?
Iíve only one life to live.
End it? Iíll not find another.
Spend it? But how shall I best?
Sure the wise plan is to live like a man
And Luck may look after the rest!
Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!
Give or hold at your will.
If Iíve no care for Fortune
Fortune must follow me still.

Bad Luck, she is never a lady
But the commonest wench on the street,
Shuffling, shabby and shady,
Shameless to pass or meet.
Walk with her onceóitís a weakness!
Talk to her twiceóit's a crime!
Thrust her away when she gives you ďgood dayĒ
And the besom wonít board you next time.
Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!
What is Your Ladyshipís mood?
If Iíve no care for Fortune,
My Fortune is bound to be good!

Good Luck she is never a lady
But the cursedest quean alive!
Tricksy, wincing and jady,
Kittle to lead or drive.
Greet herósheís hailing a stranger!
Meet herósheís busking to leave.
Let her alone for a shrew to the bone,
And the hussy comes plucking your sleeve!
Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!
Iíll neither follow nor flee.
If I donít run after Fortune
Fortune must run after me!