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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
A Lover’s Dirge
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “Twelfth-Night,” Act II. Scene 4

  COME away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;
  Fly away, fly away, breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,        5
            O prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true
            Did share it.
 
  Not a flower, not a flower sweet,
On my black coffin let there be strown;        10
  Not a friend, not a friend greet
My poor corse, where my bones shall be thrown:
A thousand thousand sighs to save,
            Lay me, O, where
Sad true lover never find my grave        15
            To weep there!
 
 
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