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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Shakespeare
 
VIII. "It was a lover and his lass"
 
IT was a lover and his lass 
  With a hey and a ho, and a hey nonino! 
That o'er the green cornfield did pass 
In the spring time, the only pretty ring time, 
When birds do sing hey ding a ding:         5
  Sweet lovers love the Spring. 
  
Between the acres of the rye 
These pretty country folks would lie: 
This carol they began that hour, 
How that life was but a flower:  10
  
And therefore take the present time 
  With a hey and a ho, and a hey nonino! 
For love is crownèd with the prime 
In spring time, the only pretty ring time, 
When birds do sing hey ding a ding:  15
  Sweet lovers love the Spring. 
 
 
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