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No. 100. Behold, my love, how green the groves.
Tune : On the cold ground Playford's Dancing Master, 1665.
Behold, ray love, how green the groves,
The primrose banks how fair! The balmy gales awake the flowers,
And wave thy flaxen hair. The lav'rock shuns the palace gay,
And o'er the cottage sings : For Nature smiles as sweet, I ween,
To shepherds as to kings.
Let minstrels sweep the skilfu' string
In lordly, lighted ha'; The shepherd stops his simple reed,
Blythe in the birken shaw. The princely revel may survey
Our rustic dance wi' scorn; But are their hearts as light as ours,
Beneath the milk-white thorn?
The shepherd in the flowery glen,
In shepherd's phrase will woo : The courtier tells a finer tale—
But is his heart as true? These wild-wood flowers I 've pu'd, to deck
That spotless breast o' thine : The courtiers' gems may witness love—
But, 'tis na love like mine!