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First Line: Stay, goddess! Stay a little space
Last Line: With a mournful parting song.


Stay, goddess! stay a little space,
Our poor country love to grace,
Since we dare not too long stay you,
Accept at our hands, we pray you,
These mean presents, to express
Greater love than we profess,
Or can we utter now for woe
Of your parting hastened so.
Gifts these are, such as were wrought
By their hands that them have brought,
Home-bred things, which they presumed,
After I had them perfumed
With my flowery incantation,
To give you in presentation
At your parting. Come, feat lassies,
With fine curtsies, and smooth faces,
Offer up your simple toys
To the mistress of our joys;
While we the sad time prolong
With a mournful parting song.





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