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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Phyllis
By William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
 
      IN 1 petticoat of green,
      Her hair about her eyne, 2
      Phyllis beneath an oak
      Sat milking her fair flock:
’Mongst that sweet-strainèd moisture, rare delight,        5
Her hand seemed milk, in milk it was so white.
 
Note 1. “I am not certain,” says Prof. Schelling, “that this little trifle may not have appeared in print in its author’s life-time. Prof. Kittredge calls my attention to the fact that it is taken from Marino, Madrigal xxxi.” [back]
Note 2. This line is used again by Drummond in Madrigal xl., of Poems, Turnbull’s ed., p. 25:
  Like the Idalian queen,
Her hair about her eyne.
 
 
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