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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
When Flora Had O’erfret the Firth
Anonymous
 
QUHEN FLORA had o’erfret the firth
  In May of every moneth queen;
Quhen merle and marvis singis with mirth
  Sweet melling in the shawis sheen;
  Quhen all luvaris rejoicit bene        5
And most desirous of their prey,
  I heard a lusty luvar mene
—‘I luve, but I dare nocht assay!’
 
‘Strong are the pains I daily prove,
  But yet with patience I sustene,        10
I am so fetterit with the luve
  Only of my lady sheen,
  Quhilk for her beauty micht be queen,
Nature so craftily alway
  Has done depaint that sweet serene:        15
—Quhom I luve I dare nocht assay.
 
‘She is so bricht of hyd and hue
  I luve but her alone, I ween;
Is none her luve that may eschew,
  That blinkis of that dulce amene;        20
  So comely cleir are her twa een
That she mae luvaris dois affray
  Than ever of Greece did fair Helene:
—Quhom I luve I dare nocht assay!’
 
 
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