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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
H. Constable
 
XV. Diaphenia
 
  DIAPHENIA like the daffadowndilly, 
  White as the sun, fair as the lily, 
Heigh ho, how I do love thee! 
  I do love thee as my lambs 
  Are belovèd of their dams;         5
How blest were I if thou wouldst prove me. 
  
  Diaphenia like the spreading roses, 
  That in thy sweets all sweets encloses, 
Fair sweet, how I do love thee! 
  I do love thee as each flower  10
  Loves the sun's life-giving power; 
For dead, thy breath to life might move me. 
  
  Diaphenia like to all things blessèd 
  When all thy praises are expressèd, 
Dear joy, how I do love thee!  15
  As the birds do love the spring, 
  Or the bees their careful king: 
Then in requite, sweet virgin, love me! 
 
 
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