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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
181. Country Glee
 
Thomas Dekker (1570(?)–1614)
 
 
HAYMAKERS, rakers, reapers, and mowers,
  Wait on your Summer-Queen;
Dress up with musk-rose her eglantine bowers,
  Daffodils strew the green;
      Sing, dance, and play,        5
      ’Tis holiday;
  The sun does bravely shine
  On our ears of corn.
      Rich as a pearl
      Comes every girl,        10
  This is mine, this is mine, this is mine;
Let us die, ere away they be borne.
 
Bow to the Sun, to our Queen, and that fair one
  Come to behold our sports;
Each bonny lass here is counted a rare one        15
  As those in princes’ courts.
      These and we
      With country glee,
  Will teach the woods to resound,
  And the hills with echoes hollow:        20
      Skipping lambs
      Their bleating dams,
  ’Mongst kids shall trip it round;
For joy thus our wenches we follow.
 
Wind, jolly huntsmen, your neat bugles shrilly,        25
  Hounds make a lusty cry;
Spring up, you falconers, partridges freely,
  Then let your brave hawks fly.
      Horses amain,
      Over ridge, over plain,        30
  The dogs have the stag in chase:
  ’Tis a sport to content a king.
      So ho, ho! through the skies
      How the proud bird flies,
And sousing, kills with a grace!        35
Now the deer falls; hark! how they ring.
 

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