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LEANDER'S LOVE TO LOYAL HERO
And on the Sandes she did espie a naked body Liuelesse lye, fa la;
And looking more vpont, she knew, it was Leanders bloodlesse1 hue, fa la.
13   Then did she teare her golden haire,
% and in her griefe thus sayd, Accursed Riuer that art still
a foe to euery Mayde, Since Hellen faire, in thee was dround,
nam'd Hellospont tha'rt2 euer found, fa la; And now to see what thou canst doe,
thou hast made me a mourner too, fa la.3
14   But though thou didst attach my Loue,
and tooke him for thine owne: That he was only Heroes deare,
hencefoorth it shalbe knowne. Then from the Tower faire Hero fell,
whose woefull death I sigh to tell, fa la: And on his body there did die,
that loued her most tenderly fa la;
15   Thus ended they both4 life and loue,
in prime of their young yeares: Since whose vntimelie funeralls
no such true loue appeares: Untill more Constant loue arise,
their names I will immortalize5, fa la. And heauens send6 such as haue true friends,
as faithful hearts, but better ends, fa la.
JftltlSl. quoth William Meash.
Imprinted at London for I.W.
1 bloudlye P.             2 I.e. th'art = thou art. 3 Text omits fa la.
4 both they P.            5 imupetelasze P!                6 P. omits.
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