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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Æglamour’s Lament
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
HERE she was wont to go, and here, and here!
Just where those daisies, pinks, and violets grow:
The world may find the spring by following her;
For other print her airy steps ne’er left:
Her treading would not bend a blade of grass,        5
Or shake the downy blow-ball 1 from his stalk;
But like the soft west-wind she shot along;
And where she went, the flowers took thickest root
As she had sowed them 2 with her odourous foot.
 
Note 1. Downy blow-ball: The downy head of the dandelion. [back]
Note 2. As she had sown them: Compare Sidney’s, “Who hath the feet, whose step all sweetness planteth.”First Song. Astrophel and Stella. [back]
 
 
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