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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
203. I Loved a Lass
 
George Wither (1588–1667)
 
 
I LOVED a lass, a fair one,
  As fair as e’er was seen;
She was indeed a rare one,
  Another Sheba Queen;
But, fool as then I was,        5
  I thought she loved me too:
But now, alas! she’s left me,
  Falero, lero, loo!
 
Her hair like gold did glister,
  Each eye was like a star,        10
She did surpass her sister,
  Which pass’d all others far;
She would me honey call,
  She’d—O she’d kiss me too!
But now, alas! she’s left me,        15
  Falero, lero, loo!
 
Many a merry meeting
  My love and I have had;
She was my only sweeting,
  She made my heart full glad;        20
The tears stood in her eyes
  Like to the morning dew:
But now, alas! she’s left me,
  Falero, lero, loo!
 
Her cheeks were like the cherry,        25
  Her skin was white as snow;
When she was blithe and merry
  She angel-like did show;
Her waist exceeding small,
  The fives did fit her shoe:        30
But now, alas! she’s left me,
  Falero, lero, loo!
 
In summer time or winter
  She had her heart’s desire;
I still did scorn to stint her        35
  From sugar, sack, or fire;
The world went round about,
  No cares we ever knew:
But now, alas! she’s left me,
  Falero, lero, loo!        40
 
To maidens’ vows and swearing
  Henceforth no credit give;
You may give them the hearing,
  But never them believe;
They are as false as fair,        45
  Unconstant, frail, untrue:
For mine, alas! hath left me,
  Falero, lero, loo!
 

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