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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXIX. The Happy Dead
Aspatia’s Song
By Francis Beaumont (1584–1616) and John Fletcher (1579–1625)
 
From ‘The Maid’s Tragedy’, Act II. Scene 1

LAY a garland on my hearse
  Of the dismal yew;
Maidens, willow branches bear;
  Say, I dièd true.
 
My love was false, but I was firm        5
  From my hour of birth.
Upon my buried body lie
  Lightly, gentle earth!
 
 
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