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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
From England’s Helicon: To Colin Clout (Shepherd Tonie)
Elizabethan Miscellanies
BEAUTY sat bathing by a spring,
  Where fairest shades did hide her,
The winds blew calm, the birds did sing,
  The cool streams ran beside her.
My wanton thoughts entic’d mine eye        5
  To see what was forbidden:
But better memory said, fie,
  So vain desire was chidden.
  Hey nonnie, nonnie, &c.
Into a slumber then I fell,        10
  When fond imagination
Seemed to see, but could not tell
  Her feature or her fashion.
But even as babes in dreams do smile
  And sometimes fall a weeping,        15
So I awaked, as wise this while,
  As when I fell a sleeping.
  Hey nonnie, nonnie, &c.

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