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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
From The Paradyse of Dainty Devises: Amantium Irae (R. Edwards)
Elizabethan Miscellanies

IN going to my naked bed, as one that would have slept,
I heard a wife sing to her child, that long before had wept:
She sighed sore and sang full sore, to bring the babe to rest,
That would not rest but cried still in sucking at her breast:
She was full weary of her watch, and grieved with her child,        5
She rocked it and rated it, until on her it smiled:
Then did she say now have I found the proverb true to prove
The falling out of faithful friends is the renewing of love.
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I marvel much, pardy, quoth she, for to behold the rout,
To see man, woman, boy and beast, to toss the world about:        10
Some kneel, some crouch, some beck, some check, and some can smoothly smile,
And some embrace others in arms, and there think many a wile:
Some stand aloof at cap and knee, some humble and some stout,
Yet are they never friends indeed, until they once fall out:
Thus ended she her song, and said before she did remove,        15
The falling out of faithful friends is the renewing of love.
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