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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
64. Paris and Œnone
 
George Peele (1558–1597)
 
 
Œnone.

FAIR and fair, and twice so fair,
  As fair as any may be;
The fairest shepherd on our green,
  A love for any lady.
 
Paris.

Fair and fair, and twice so fair,
        5
  As fair as any may be;
Thy love is fair for thee alone,
  And for no other lady.
 
Œnone.

My love is fair, my love is gay,
As fresh as bin the flowers in May,        10
And of my love my roundelay,
My merry, merry, merry roundelay.
  Concludes with Cupid’s curse,—
‘They that do change old love for new
  Pray gods they change for worse!’        15
 
Ambo Simul.

They that do change old love for new,
  Pray gods they change for worse!
 
Œnone.

Fair and fair, etc.
 
Paris.

Fair and fair, etc.
Thy love is fair, etc.        20
 
Œnone.

My love can pipe, my love can sing,
My love can many a pretty thing,
And of his lovely praises ring
My merry, merry, merry roundelays
  Amen to Cupid’s curse,—        25
‘They that do change,’ etc.
 
Paris.

They that do change, etc.
 
Ambo.

Fair and fair, etc.
 

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