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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Praise of Ceres
By Thomas Heywood (c. 1570–1641)
 
From “The Silver Age,” Act III. Scene 1

WITH fair Ceres, Queen of Grain,
  The reapèd fields we roam,
Each country peasant, nymph and swain,
  Sing their harvest home;
Whilst the Queen of Plenty hallows        5
Growing fields as well as fallows.
 
Echo, double all your lays,
  Make the champians 1 sound
To the Queen of Harvest’s praise,
  That sows and reaps our ground:        10
Ceres, Queen of Plenty, hallows
Growing fields as well as fallows.
 
Note 1. Champians: Champaign; open country. [back]
 
 
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