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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Songs and Their Settings
What Maids Lack
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From the ‘Winter’s Tale

Enter Autolycus, singing

      LAWN, as white as driven snow;
      Cyprus, black as e’er was crow;
      Gloves, as sweet as damask roses;
      Masks for faces, and for noses;
      Bugle-bracelet, necklace amber,        5
      Perfume for a lady’s chamber;
      Golden quoifs, and stomachers,
      For my lads to give their dears;
      Pins and poking-sticks of steel,
      What maids lack from head to heel:        10
Come, buy of me, come; come buy, come buy,
      Buy, lads, or else your lasses cry:
                Come, buy.
          Will you buy any tape,
          Or lace for your cape,        15
        My dainty duck, my dear-a?
          Any silk, any thread,
          Any toys for your head,
        Of the new’st, and fin’st, fin’st wear-a?
          Come to the peddler;        20
          Money’s a meddler,
        That doth utter all men’s ware-a.
 
 
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