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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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Shee was most faire, and hee as1 true:
which caused that which2 did ensue; fa la,3
Whose storie I doe meane to write, and tytle it, True Loues delight, fa la.
2    Leander was this young-mans name,
right Noble by dessent: And Hero, she whose beautie rare,
might giue great Ioue* content, He at Abidos kept his Court,
and she at Sestos liued in sport, fa la, A Riuer great did part these twaine,
which caus'd them oft poore soules complaine, fa la.
3   Euen Hellespont, whose Current streames,
like lightninges swift did glide, Accursed Riuer that two hearts,
so faythfull must deuide. And more, which did augment their woe,
their5 parents weare each others foe, fa la, So that no Ship durst him conuey,
unto the place whereas6 his Hero lay, fa la.
4   Long time these Louers did complaine,
the misse of their desire. Not knowing how they might obtaine,
the thing they did require. Though they7 were parted with rough seas,
no waters could Loues flames appease, fa la, Leander ventured to8 Swim
to Hero, who well welcomed him, fa la.
5   Euen in the midst of darkesome night,
when all thinges silent were, Would young Leander take his flight, through Hellospont so cleare;
1 most P.            2 that P.            3 P. throughout usually has fa la la.
4 Loue great P.            5 the P.            6 where P.            7 hee P.
8 for to P.
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