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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Chloris in the Snow
I SAW 1 fair Chloris walk alone,
When feather’d rain came softly down,
As Jove descending from his Tower
To court her in a silver shower:
The wanton snow flew to her breast,        5
Like pretty birds into their nest,
But, overcome with whiteness there,
For grief it thaw’d into a tear:
  Thence falling on her garment’s hem,
  To deck her, froze into a gem.        10
Note 1. Copied from the Ashmolean MS. 38, Art. II. It is given in Wit’s Recreation, 1645, and Wit’s Interpreter, 1655, 1671. Set to music by Purcell in Henry Playford’s Theater of Musick, Pt. 3, 1686. [back]

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