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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
 
Songs from Plays: Pan’s Song (from Midas)
By John Lyly (1555?–1606)
 
PAN’S Syrinx was a girl indeed,
Though now she’s turned into a reed.
From that dear reed Pan’s pipe doth come,
A pipe that strikes Apollo dumb;
Nor flute, nor lute, nor gittern can        5
So chant it, as the pipe of Pan.
Cross-gartered swains, and dairy girls,
With faces smug and round as pearls,
When Pan’s shrill pipe begins to play,
With dancing wear out night and day;        10
The bag-pipe drone his hum lays by
When Pan sounds up his minstrelsy.
His minstrelsy! O base! This quill
Which at my mouth with wind I fill
Puts me in mind though her I miss        15
That still my Syrinx’ lips I kiss.
 
 
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