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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Luce’s Dirge
By Francis Beaumont (1584–1616)
 
COME, 1 you whose loves are dead,
        And, whiles I sing,
        Weep, and wring
Every hand, and every head
Bind with cypress and sad yew;        5
Ribbons black and candles blue
For him that was of men most true!
 
Come with heavy moaning,
        And on his grave
        Let him have        10
Sacrifice of sighs and groaning;
Let Him have fair flowers enow,
White and purple, green and yellow,
For him that was of men most true!
 
Note 1. From The Knight of the Burning Pestle, 1613. [back]
 
 
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