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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Harvest Song
By Thomas Heywood (c. 1570–1641)
 
From ‘The Silver Age’

WITH fair Ceres, Queen of grain,
The reaped fields we roam, roam, roam!
Each country peasant, nymph, and swain
Sing their harvest home, home, home!
  Whilst the Queen of plenty hallowes        5
  Growing fields as well as fallowes.
 
Echo double all our lays,
Make the Champions found, found, found,
To the Queen of harvest praise
That sows and reaps our ground, ground, ground.        10
  Ceres, Queen of plenty, hallowes
  Growing fields as well as fallowes.
 
Tempest hence, hence winds and hails,
Tares, cockles, rotten flowers, flowers, flowers;
Our song shall keep time with our flails—        15
When Ceres sings none lowers, lowers, lowers.
  She it is whose godhood hallowes
  Growing fields as well as fallowes.
 
 
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