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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Come, Follow Me, Ye Country Lasses
By John Fletcher (1579–1625) or William Rowley (c. 1585–1626)
 
COME 1 follow me, you country lasses,
And you shall see such sport as passes
You shall dance and I will sing;
Pedro, he shall rub the string;
Each shall have a loose-bodied gown        5
Of green, and laugh till you lie down.
    Come follow me, come follow, &c.
 
You shall have crowns of roses, daisies,
Buds where the honey-maker grazes;
You shall taste the golden thighs,
Such as in wax-chamber lies:        10
What fruit please you taste, freely pull,
Till you have all your bellies full.
    Come follow me, come follow, &c.
 
Note 1. From Fletcher and Rowley’s The Maid in the Mill, 1647. Mr. Bullen suspects that Rowley is the author of this song. [back]
 
 
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