Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONG, by JOHN DOWLAND



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First Line: By a fountain where I lay
Last Line: The glory of all our green.
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


BY a fountain where I lay,
All blessed be that blessed day!
By the glimmering of the sun,
O never be her shining done!
When I might see alone,
My true love's fairest one,
Love's dear light,
Love's clear sight,
No world's eyes can clearer see:
A fairer sight none can be.

Fair with garlands all addrest,
Was ever nymph more fairly blest,
Blessed in the highest degree,
So may she ever blessed be,
Came to this fountain near,
With such a smiling cheer,
Such a face,
Such a grace,
Happy, happy eyes that see
Such a heavenly sight as she.

Then I forthwith took my pipe
Which I all fair and clean did wipe,
And upon a heavenly ground,
All in the grace of beauty found,
Played this roundelay,
Welcome fair queen of May!
Sing sweet air!
Welcome fair!
Welcome be the shepherd's queen,
The glory of all our green.





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