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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
Orpheus’ Song: ‘He that did sing the motions of the stars’
By Robert Greene (1558–1592)
HE that did sing the motions of the stars,
  Pale-coloured Phœbe’s borrowing of her light,
Aspects of planets oft opposed in jars,
  Of Hesper, henchman to the day and night;
Sings now of love, as taught by proof to sing,        5
Women are false, and love a bitter thing.
I loved Eurydice, the brightest lass,
  More fond to like so fair a nymph as she;
In Thessaly so bright none ever was,
  But fair and constant hardly may agree:        10
False-hearted wife to him that loved thee well,
To leave thy love, and choose the prince of hell!
Theseus did help, and I in haste did hie
  To Pluto, for the lass I lovèd so:
The god made grant, and who so glad as I?        15
  I tuned my harp, and she and I ’gan go;
Glad that my love was left to me alone,
I lookèd back, Eurydice was gone:
She slipped aside, back to her latest love,
  Unkind, she wronged her first and truest feere!        20
Thus women’s loves delight, as trial proves
  By false Eurydice I loved so dear,
To change and fleet, and every way to shrink,
To take in love, and lose it with a wink.

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