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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Come, Ye Heavy States of Night
Anonymous
 
COME, 1 ye heavy states of night,
Do my father’s spirit right;
Soundings baleful let me borrow,
Burthening my song with sorrow.
  Come, Sorrow, come! her eyes that sings        5
  By thee are turnèd into springs.
 
Come, you virgins of the night,
That in dirges sad delight,
Choir my anthems: I do borrow
Gold nor pearl, but sounds of sorrow.        10
  Come, Sorrow, come! her eyes that sings
  By thee are turnèd into springs.
 
Note 1. From John Dowland’s Second Book of Songs or Airs, 1600. [back]
 
 
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