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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Love’s Harvesters
By George Peele (1556–1596)
 
ALL 1 ye that lovely lovers be
Pray you for me:
Lo here we come a-sowing, a-sowing,
And sow sweet fruits of love;
In your sweet hearts well may it prove!        5
 
Lo here we come a-reaping, a-reaping,
To reap our harvest fruit!
And thus we pass the year so long,
And never be we mute.
 
Note 1. From the Old Wives’ Tale, 1595. “Contains a harvest-song, one of the first examples of what seems a favorite type with the dramatists. Usually it is taken almost directly from life; by the rudeness of phrases and the simplicity of ideas the poet attempts realism. Here, however, Peele carries over the images into another sphere:
  Lo, here we come, a-sowing, a-sowing,
And sow sweet fruits of love.”
(Erskine: The Elizabethan Lyric, Ed. 1905, p. 264.)    
 
 
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