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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
My Lady Greensleeves
Anonymous
 
ALAS! 1 my love, you do me wrong
  To cast me off discourteously;
And I have lovèd you so long,
  Delighting in your company.
For oh, Greensleeves was all my joy!        5
And oh, Greensleeves was my delight!
And oh, Greensleeves was my heart of gold!
  And who but my Lady Greensleeves!
 
I bought thee petticoats of the best,
  The cloth as fine as might be;        10
I gave thee jewels for thy chest,
  And all this cost I spent on thee.
        For oh, Greensleeves …
 
Thy smock of silk, both fair and white,
  With gold embroidered gorgeously:
Thy petticoat of sendal right:        15
  And these I bought thee gladly.
        For oh, Greensleeves …
 
Greensleeves now farewell! adieu!
  God I pray to prosper thee!
For I am still thy lover true:
  Come once again and love me!
        For oh, Greensleeves …
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Note 1. These words of the famous song Green-sleeves were composed before 1580. [back]
 
 
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