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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Song of the May
Anonymous
 
SISTER, 1 awake! close not your eyes!
  The day her light discloses,
And the bright morning doth arise
  Out of her bed of roses.
 
See the clear sun, the world’s bright eye,        5
  In at our window peeping.
Lo, how he blusheth to espy
  Us idle wenches sleeping!
 
Therefore awake! make haste, I say,
  And let us, without staying,        10
All in our gowns of green so gay
  Into the Park a-Maying!
 
Note 1. From Thomas Bateson’s First Set of English Madrigals, 1604. [back]
 
 
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