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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
The Wanton Shepherdess
By John Fletcher (1579–1625)
 
COME, shepherds, come!
        Come away
        Without delay,
Whilst the gentle time doth stay.
  Green woods are dumb,        5
And will never tell to any
Those dear kisses, and those many
Sweet embraces, that are given;
Dainty pleasures, that would even
Raise in coldest age a fire,        10
And give virgin-blood desire.
        Then, if ever,
        Now or never,
        Come and have it:
          Think not I        15
          Dare deny,
        If you crave it.
 
 
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