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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
The Satyr, II (from The Faithful Shepherdess)
By John Fletcher (1579–1625)
 
    THOU divinest, fairest, brightest,
    Thou most powerful maid and whitest,
    Thou most virtuous and most blessed,
    Eyes of stars, and golden tressed
    Like Apollo! tell me, sweetest,        5
    What new service now is meetest
    For the Satyr? Shall I stray
    In the middle air, and stay
    The sailing rack, or nimbly take
    Hold by the moon, and gently make        10
    Suit to the pale queen of night
    For a beam to give thee light?
    Shall I dive into the sea
    And bring thee coral, making way
    Through the rising waves that fall        15
    Like snowy fleeces? Dearest, shall
    I catch thee wanton fawns, or flies
    Whose woven wings the summer dyes
    Of many colours? get thee fruit,
    Or steal from heaven old Orpheus’ lute?        20
    All these I ’ll venture for, and more,
To do her service all these woods adore.
 
 
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