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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
The Solitary Shepherd’s Song
By Thomas Lodge (1558–1625)
O SHADY vales, O fair enrichèd meads,
O sacred woods, sweet fields, and rising mountains;
O painted flowers, green herbs, where Flora treads,
Refreshed by wanton winds and wat’ry fountains.
O all you wingèd choristers of wood        5
That perched aloft, your former pains report,
And straight again recount with pleasant mood
Your pleasant joys in sweet and seemly sort.
O all you creatures, whosoever thrive
On mother earth, in seas, by air, or fire,        10
More blest are you than I here under sun:
Love dies in me, whenas he doth revive
In you; I perish under beauty’s ire,
Where after storms, winds, frosts, your life is won.

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