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Francis Pilkington

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V. Whether so fast, see how the kindly flowres.


   Whether so fast, see how the kindly flowres, 
   Perfumes the aire, and all to make thee stay, 
   The climing woodbind clipping al these bowrs, 
   Clips thee likewise, for feare thou passe away, 
   Fortune our friend, our foe will not gainesay. 
   Stay but a while, Phbe no teltale is, 
   She her Endimion, Ile my Phbe kisse. 

   Feare not, the ground seekes but to kisse thy feete 
   Harke, harke how Philomela sweetly sings, 
   Whilst water wanton fishes as they meete, 
   Strike crochet time amid'st these christall springs, 
   And Zephirus mongst the leaues sweet murmure rings, 
   Stay but a while, Phbe no teltale is, 
   She her Endimion, Ile my Phbe kisse. 

   See how the Helitrope hearbe of the Sunne 
   Though he himselfe long since be gon to bed, 
   Is not of force thine eies bright beames to shun, 
   But with their warmth his gouldy leaues vnspred, 
   And on my knee inuites thee rest thy head. 
   Stay but a while, Phbe no teltale is, 
   She her Endimion, Ile my Phbe kisse. 
    

 

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