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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Hey, Down a Down
Anonymous
 
“HEY, 1 down a down!” did Dian sing
  Amongst her virgins sitting;
“Than love there is no vainer thing,
  For maidens most unfitting.”
And so think I, with a down, down, derry.        5
 
When women knew no woe,
  But lived themselves to please,
Men’s feigning guiles they did not know,—
  The ground of their disease.
Unborn was false suspect;        10
  No thought of jealousy;
From wanton toys and fond effect,
  The virgin’s life was free.
          “Hey, down a down!”
 
At length men used charms
  To which what maids gave ear,        15
Embracing gladly endless harms
  Anon enthrallèd were.
Thus women welcomed woe
  Disguised in name of love,
A jealous hell, a painted show:        20
  So shall they find that prove.
 
“Hey, down a down!” did Dian sing,
  Amongst her virgins sitting;
“Than love there is no vainer thing,
  For maidens most unfitting.”        25
And so think I, with a down, down, derry!
 
Note 1. From England’s Helicon, 1600, where it was signed “Ignoto.” [back]
 
 
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