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LEANDER'S LOVE TO LOYAL HERO
9 THen lept he into Hellospont desirous for to goe, Unto the place of his delight,
which he affected so. But windes and waues did him withstand,
so that he could attaine no land, fa la; For his loues Lampe looking about, faire Hero slept, and it gone out, fa la.
10   Then all in vaine Leander stroue;
till Armes could doe no more, For naked he depriu'd of life,
was cast vpon the shore: Oh had the Lampe still stayed in,
Leander liuelesse had not been, fa la. Which being gone, he knew no ground,
because thicke darknesse did abound, fa la;
11    When Hero faire awakt from sleepe,
and saw her Lampe was gone, Her senses all be nummed weare
and she like to a stone. Oh from her Eyes then Pearles more cleare,
proceeded many a dolefull teare, fa la, Presaging2 that the angry Flood,
had drunke Leanders Louely3 blood, fa la.
12   Then to the top of highest Tower,4
faire Hero, did ascend: To see how windes did with the waues, for maistership contend:
1 Not in P.                       2 perswading P.
3 guiltlesse P.                    4 Text has a period.
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