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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Orpheus
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616) or John Fletcher (1579–1625)
 
ORPHEUS 1 with his lute made trees
And the mountain-tops that freeze
  Bow themselves when he did sing:
To his music plants and flowers
Ever sprung; as sun and showers        5
  There had made a lasting spring.
 
Everything that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,
  Hung their heads, and then lay by.
In sweet music is such art,        10
Killing care and grief of heart
  Fall asleep, or hearing, die.
 
Note 1. From King Henry VIII., 1623, act i. sc. 1. [back]
 
 
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