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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
71. Diaphenia
 
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
 
 
DIAPHENIA like the daffadowndilly,
White as the sun, fair as the lily,
Heigh ho, how I do love thee!
I do love thee as my lambs
Are belovéd of their dams;        5
How blest were I if thou would’st prove me.
 
Diaphenia like the spreading roses,
That in thy sweets all sweets encloses,
Fair sweet, how I do love thee!
I do love thee as each flower        10
Loves the sun’s life-giving power;
For dead, thy breath to life might move me.
 
Diaphenia like to all things blesséd,
When all thy praises are expresséd,
Dear joy, how I do love thee!        15
As the birds do love the spring,
Or the bees their careful king:
Then in requite, sweet virgin, love me!
 

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