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Thomas Morton from The New English Canaan (1637) Book III, Chapter XIV Of the Revells of New Canaan The Inhabitants of Pasonagessit, (having translated the name of their habitation from that ancient Salvage name to Ma-re Mount, and being resolved to have the new name confirmed for a memorial to after ages,) did devise amongst themselves to have it performed in a solemne manner, with Revels and merriment after the old English custome; [they] prepared to sett up a Maypole upon the festivall day of Philip and Iacob, and therefore brewed a barrelll of excellent beare and provided a case of bottles, to be spent, with other good cheare, for all commers of that day. And because they would have it in a compleat forme, they had prepared a song fitting to the time and present occasion. And upon Mayday they brought the Maypole to the place appointed, with drumes, gunnes, pistols and other fitting instruments, for that purpose; and there eredted it with the help of Salvages, that came thether of purpose to see the manner of our Revels. A goodly pine tree of 80. foote longe was reared up, with a peare of buckshorns nayle one somewhat neare unto the top of it: where it stood, as a faire sea marke for directions how to finde out the way to mine Hoste of Ma-re Mount. And because it should more fully appeare to what end it was placed there, they had a poem in readines made, which was fixed to the Maypole, to shew the new name confirmed upon that plantation; which, allthough it were made according to occurrents of the time, it, being Enigmattically composed, pusselled the Seperatists most pittifully to expound it, which, (for the better information of the reader,) I have here inserted. THE POEM. Rise, Oedipus, and, if thou canst, unfould What meanes Caribdis underneath the mould, When Scilla sollitary on the ground (Sitting in forme of Niobe,) was found, Till Amphitrites Darling did acquaint Grim Neptune with the Tenor of her plaint, And causd him send forth Triton with the sound Of Trumpet lowd, at which the Seas were found So full of Protean formes that the bold shore Prsented Scilla a new parramore So stronge as Sampson and so patient As Job himselfe, directed thus, by fate, To comfort Scilla so unfortunate. I doe professe, by Cupids beautious mother, Heres Scogans choise for Scilla, and none other; Though Scilla's sick with griefe, because so signe Can there be found of vertue masculine. Esculapius come; I know right well 1
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His laboure's lost when you may ring her Knell. The fatall sisters doome none can withstand, Nor Cithareas powre, who poynts to land With proclamation that the first of May At Ma-re Mount shall be kept hollyday. The setting up of this Maypole was a lamentable spectacle to the precise seperatists, that lived at new Plimmouth. They termed it an Idoll; yea, they called it the Calfe of Horeb, and stood at defiance with the place, naming it Mount Dagon; threatening to make it a woefull mount and not a merry mount.
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