The King’s Ballad

Pastime With Good Company was composed (and usually played and sung) by King Henry VIII.

Listen and join in.


Pastime with good company, I love and shall until I die.
Grudge who lust, but none deny,
so God be pleas’d thus live will I.
For my pastance, hunt, sing and dance, my heart is set:
all goodly sport, for my comfort, who shall me let?


Youth must have some dalliance of good or ill some pastance.
Company me thinks 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.