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Francis Pilkington

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Songs or Ayres of 4.parts:

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XVII. Diaphenia like the Dafdowndillie.

   Diaphenia like the Dafdowndillie, 
   White as the Sunne, faire as the Lillie, 
            Heigh ho, heigh ho, how I doe loue thee : 
   I doe loue thee as my Lambs, 
   Are beloued of their dambs, 
            How blest were I if thou wouldst proue mee. 

   2   Diaphenia like the spreading Roses, 
   That in thy sweetes, all sweetes incloses, 
            Faire sweete how I doe loue thee? 
   I doe loue thee as each flower, 
   Loues the Sunnes life giuing power, 
            For dead, thy breath to life might moue mee. 

   3   Diaphenia like to all things blessed, 
   When all thy praises are expressed, 
            Deare ioy, how I doe loue thee? 
   As the birds doe loue the spring, 
   Or the Bees their carefull king, 
            Then in requite, sweete virgin loue mee. 


Henry Constable, 1562-1613; "Damelus' Song to his Diaphenia"


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