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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
94. A Lover and His Lass
 
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
 
IT was a lover and his lass
  With a hey and a ho, and a hey-nonino!
That o’er the green corn-field did pass
In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing hey ding a ding:        5
  Sweet lovers love the Spring.
 
Between the acres of the rye
These pretty country folks would lie:
This carol they began that hour,
How that life was but a flower:        10
 
And therefore take the present time
  With a hey and a ho, and a hey-nonino!
For love is crownéd with the prime
In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing hey ding a ding:        15
  Sweet lovers love the Spring.
 

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