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First Line: Ye have been fresh and green
Last Line: Your poor estates alone.
Variant Title(s): Honeysuckle: Sweetness Of Disposition;to Meddowes
Subject(s): Fields; Flowers; Pastures; Meadows; Leas

YE have been fresh and green,
Ye have been filled with flowers:
And ye the walks have been
Where maids have spent their hours.

You have beheld, how they
With wicker arks did come
To kiss, and bear away
The richer cowslips home.

Ye have heard them sweetly sing,
And seen them in a round:
Each virgin, like a Spring,
With honeysuckles crowned.

But now, we see none here
Whose silvery feet did tread,
And with dishevelled hair
Adorned this smoother mead.

Like unthrifts, having spent
Your stock, and needy grown,
Ye are left here to lament
Your poor estates alone.

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