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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Pari Jugo Dulcis Tractus
Anonymous
 
SOUND 1 is the knot that Chastity hath tied,
Sweet is the music Unity doth make,
Sure is the store that Plenty doth provide.
          Pari jugo dulcis tractus.
 
Where Chasteness fails there Concord will decay,        5
Where Concord fleets there Plenty will decease,
Where Plenty wants there Love will wear away.
          Pari jugo dulcis tractus.
 
I, Chastity, restrain all strange desires;
I, Concord, keep the course of sound consent;        10
I, Plenty, spare and spend as cause requires.
          Pari jugo dulcis tractus.
 
Make much of us, all ye that married be;
Speak well of us, all ye that mind to be;
The time may come to want and wish all three.        15
          Pari jugo dulcis tractus.
 
Note 1. From William Byrd’s Psalms, Sonnets, and Songs, 1588. The first two stanzas have been omitted. [back]
 
 
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