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LEANDER'S LOVE TO LOYAL HERO
Where at the shore, Hero would bee, to welcome him most louingly, fa la,
And so Leander would conuey,
vnto the chamber where she lay, fa la.
6   Thus many dayes they did enioy,
the fruits of their delight, For he oft to his Hero came,
and backe againe1 same night. And she for to encourage him,
through Hellospont more bold to2 swim, fa la, In her Tower top3 a Lampe did place,
whereby he might behold her face, fa la.
7   And by this Lampe would Hero sit,
still praying for her loue, That the rough waters to Leander\
would5 not offensiue proue. Be mild quoth she, till6 he doth swim,
and that I haue well welcomed him, fa la; And then euer rage and rore amaine,
that he may neuer goe hence againe, fa la.
8   Now Boistrous Winter hasted on,
when windes and Waters rage: Yet could it not the lustfull heate,
of this young Youth asswage: Though windes and waters raged so,
no Ship durst venture for to goe, fa la; Leander would goe see his Loue,
his manly Armes in Floodes to proue, fa la.
1 Text aganie.            2 boldlye P.           3 tap tower P.
4 vnto him P.            5 might P.             6 while P.
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