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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Canto primo: Hark all you ladies that do sleep!
Anonymous
 
HARK all you ladies that do sleep!
The Fairy Queen PROSERPINA
Bids you awake! and pity them that weep!
        You may do in the dark
        What the day doth forbid;        5
        Fear not the dogs that bark,
        Night will have all hid.
 
But if you let your lovers moan;
The Fair Queen PROSERPINA
Will send abroad her fairies every one:        10
        That shall pinch black and blue
        Your white hands and fair arms;
        That did not kindly rue
        Your paramours’ harms.
 
In myrtle arbours on the downs,        15
The Fairy Queen PROSERPINA
This night by moonshine, leading merry rounds,
        Holds watch with sweet LOVE,
        Down the dale, up the hill.
        No plaints nor griefs may move        20
        Their holy vigil.
 
All you that will hold watch with LOVE,
The Fairy Queen PROSERPINA
Will make you fairer than DIANA’s dove.
        Roses red, lilies white,        25
        And the clear damask hue;
        Shall on your cheeks alight.
        LOVE will adorn you.
 
All you that love! or loved before!
The Fairy Queen PROSERPINA        30
Bids you increase that loving humour more!
        They that have not yet fed
        On delight amorous;
        She vows that they shall lead
        Apes in Avernus.        35
 
 
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