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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Damelus’ Song of His Diaphenia
By Henry Constable (1562–1613)
DIAPHENIA 1 like the daffadowndilly,
White as the sun, fair as the lily,
  Heigh ho, how I do love thee!
I do love thee as my lambs
Are belovèd of their dams—        5
  How blest were I if thou wouldst prove me!
Diaphenia like the spreading roses,
That in thy sweets all sweets encloses,
  Fair sweet, how I do love thee!
I do love thee as each flower        10
Love’s the sun’s life-giving power,
  For death, thy breath to life might move me.
Diaphenia, like to all things blessèd
When all thy praises are expressèd,
  Dear joy, how I do love thee!        15
As the birds do love the spring,
Or the bees their careful king:
  Then in requite, sweet virgin, love me!
Note 1. Printed in England’s Helicon, 1600; and set to music in Francis Pilkington’s First Book of Songs and Airs, 1605. [back]

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