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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
The Crier
By Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
 
GOOD folk, for gold or hire,
But help me to a crier;
For my poor heart is run astray
After two eyes that passed this way.
  O yes, O yes, O yes,        5
  If there be any man
  In town or country can
  Bring me my heart again,
  I’ll please him for his pain.
And by these marks I will you show        10
That only I this heart do owe:
  It is a wounded heart,
  Wherein yet sticks the dart;
Every piece sore hurt throughout it;
Faith and troth writ round about it.        15
It was a tame heart and a dear,
  And never used to roam;
But, having got this haunt, I fear
  ’Twill hardly stay at home.
For God’s sake, walking by the way,        20
  If you my heart do see,
Either impound it for a stray,
  Or send it back to me.
 
 
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