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202                                   ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
In sable robes of night
My days of joy consumed be, My sorrow sees no light,
My lights through sorrow nothing see. For now my sun His course hath run, And from my sphere doth go, To endless bed Of folded lead; And who can blame my woe ? My flocks I now forsake,
That so my sheep my grief may know, The lilies loathe to take,
That since his death presum'd to grow; I envy air,
Still breathe, and he not so;
Hate earth, that doth
Entomb his youth ; And who can blame my woe ?
Not I, poor I, alone,
(Alone, how can this sorrow be ?) Not only men make moan,
But more than men make moan with me : The gods of greens, The mountain queens, The fairy-circled row, The muses nine, And powers divine, Do all condole my woe.
Because it dare In the above lines I have chiefly followed the Countess of Arundel's transcript. There are three more verses in the Crown Garland of Golden Roses, besides seven in the second part.

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