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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Lusty May
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O LUSTY May, with Flora queen!
The balmy dropis from Phœbus sheen
  Preluciand beams before the day:
By that Diana growis green
  Through gladness of this lusty May.        5
 
Then Esperus, that is so bricht,
Til woful hairtis castis his light,
  With bankis that bloomis on every brae;
And schouris are shed forth of their sicht
  Through gladness of this lusty May.        10
 
Birdis on bewis of every birth,
Rejoicing notis makand their mirth
  Richt plesantly upon the spray,
With flourishingis o’er field and firth
  Through gladness of this lusty May.        15
 
All luvaris that are in care
To their ladies they do repair
  In fresh morningis before the day,
And are in mirth ay mair and mair
  Through gladness of this lusty May.        20
 
 
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