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Short Herrick Poem Proposes a Wager on Stool-ball Game

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"At Stool-ball, Lucia, let us play," offers the poet, then proposing that if he wins, he would "have for all a kisse."

[Full text is in Supplemental Text, below.]


Herrick, Robert, Hesperdes: or, the Works Both Human and Divine of Robert Herrick, Esq. [London], page 280, per David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, page 171.

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Text supplied by Mark Pestana, email o 1/7/2020:


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 shall 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 have for all a kiss.

(Tansy being a cake of flour, eggs, cream, and herbs. Trundling, I think, means throwing or projecting in some manner.)