The Song of the Sweetmeat Sellers

Ladies! We have candied plums and sweetmeats:
if you want some, then ours are a treat.

Don’t ask how they’re made, we won’t show you,
it’s a waste of time, too much trouble to go to;
please don’t waste your time, like so many do,
and end up eating alone from little pots,
tiny little pots.

Ladies! We have candied plums and sweetmeats:
if you want some, then ours are a treat.

This art we young men make our living on:
it’s enough we have the finest of fine buns!
Please don’t wait around to be given one,
you should spend your time on play
and pay us a penny — your pretty penny.

Ladies! We have candied plums and sweetmeats:
if you want some, then ours are a treat.

We’ve got cards and could play “bassett”:
it needs one to raise, another to bet;
then again and again back and forth set
the cards; you guess mine, or I take yours.
You take mine, or I’ll take yours.

Ladies! We have candied plums and sweetmeats:
if you want some, then ours are a treat.

If you want to play as we have shown,
we are happy to put all we have down
on a bid, here and now between your own,
right up to the box, with our sweetmeats.

The Song of the Sweetmeat Sellers

QuinX

Kuşadası, Turkey

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based upon verses of the Canzona de’ Confortini by Lorenzo di Medici c.1475 as performed by The Toronto Consort

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