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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
44. The Unfaithful Shepherdess
 
From Byrd’s Songs of Sundry Natures, 1589
 
Anonymous
 
 
WHICH that the sun with his beams hot
Scorchéd the fruits in vale and mountain,
Philon the shepherd, late forgot,
Sitting beside a crystal fountain,
    In shadow of a green oak tree        5
    Upon his pipe this song play’d he:
Adieu Love, adieu Love, untrue Love;
Untrue Love, untrue Love, adieu Love;
Your mind is light, soon lost for new love.
 
So long as I was in your sight        10
I was your heart, your soul, and treasure;
And evermore you sobb’d and sigh’d
Burning in flames beyond all measure:
    —Three days endured your love to me,
    And it was lost in other three!        15
Adieu Love, adieu Love, untrue Love,
Untrue Love, untrue Love, adieu Love;
Your mind is light, soon lost for new love.
 
Another Shepherd you did see
To whom your heart was soon enchainéd;        20
Full soon your love was leapt from me,
Full soon my place he had obtainéd.
    Soon came a third, your love to win,
    And we were out and he was in.
Adieu Love, adieu Love, untrue Love,        25
Untrue Love, untrue Love, adieu Love;
Your mind is light, soon lost for new love.
 
Sure you have made me passing glad
That you your mind so soon removéd,
Before that I the leisure had        30
To choose you for my best belovéd:
    For all your love was past and done
    Two days before it was begun:—
Adieu Love, adieu Love, untrue Love,
Untrue Love, untrue Love, adieu Love;        35
Your mind is light, soon lost for new love.
 

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