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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dow’sabell.
 
Daughter of Cassamen, a knight of Arden, who fell in love with a shepherd. The two make love with Arcadian simplicity, and vow eternal fidelity.
       
“With that she bent her snow-white knee,
Down by the shepherd kneeled she,
       
And him she sweetly kist.
       
With that the shepherd whooped for joy
Quoth he, ‘There’s never shepherd boy
       
That ever was so blist.’”
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Drayton: Dowsabell (a ballad).
 


 Downy Cove (A).Dowse on the Chops (A). 

 
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