BID me to live, and I will live
Thy Protestant to be;
Or bid me love, and I will give
A loving heart
A heart as soft, a heart as kind,
A heart as sound and free
As in the whole world thou canst
That heart Ill give to thee.
Bid that heart stay, and it will stay
To honour thy decree:
Or bid it languish quite away,
shall do so for thee.
Bid me to weep, and I will weep
While I have eyes to see:
And, having none, yet will I keep
heart to weep for thee.
Bid me despair, and Ill despair
Under that cypress-tree:
Or bid me die, and I will dare
death to die for thee.
Thou art my life, my love, my heart,
The very eyes of me:
And hast command of every part
live and die for thee.
THOU art to all lost love the best,
The only true plant found,
Wherewith young men and maids
And left of love, are crownd.
When once the lovers rose is dead,
Or laid aside forlorn:
Then willow-garlands bout the head
with tears are worn.
When with neglect, the lovers bane,
Poor maids rewarded be
For their love lost, their only
Is but a wreath from thee.
And underneath thy cooling shade,
When weary of the light,
The love-spent youth and love-
Come to weep out the night.
GOOD-MORROW to the day so fair,
Good-morning, sir, to you;
Good-morrow to mine own
Bedabbled with the dew.
Good-morning to this primrose too,
Good-morrow to each maid
That will with flowers the tomb
Wherein my love is laid.
Ah! woe is me, woe, woe is me!
Alack and well-a-day!
For pity, sir, find out that bee
bore my love away.
Ill seek him in your bonnet brave,
Ill seek him in your eyes;
Nay, now I think theyve made his
I th bed of strawberries.
Ill seek him there; I know ere this
The cold, cold earth doth shake him;
But I will go, or send a
By you, sir, to awake him.
Pray hurt him not; though he be dead,
He knows well who do love him,
And who with green
turfs rear his head,
And who do rudely move him.
Hes soft and tender (pray take heed);
With bands of cowslips bind him,
And bring him homebut
That I shall never find him!
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