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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Doron’s Jig
By Robert Greene (1558–1592)
THROUGH the shrubs as I can crack
  For my lambs, little ones,
  ’Mongst many pretty ones,—
Nymphs I mean, whose hair was black
          As the crow:        5
          Like the snow
Her face and browès shined I ween!—
  I saw a little one,
  A bonny pretty one,
As bright, buxom, and as sheen        10
          As was she
          On her knee
That lulled the god, whose arrow warms
  Such merry little ones,
  Such fair-faced pretty ones        15
As dally in love’s chiefest harms:
          Such was mine,
          Whose grey eyne
Made me love. I gan to woo
  This sweet little one,        20
  This bonny pretty one.
I wooed hard a day or two,
          Till she bade
          ‘Be not sad,
Woo no more, I am thine own,        25
  Thy dearest little one,
  Thy truest pretty one.’
  Thus was faith and firm love shown,
          As behoves
          Shepherds’ loves.        30

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