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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
A Pastoral Song: ‘As I was sitting on the grass’
AS I was sitting on the grass
  Within a silent shady grove,
I overheard a country lass,
  Was there bewailing of her love.
    ‘My love,’ says she,        5
    ‘Is ta’en from me;
And to the wars is prest and gone;
    He’s marched away,
    And gone to sea;
Alack! alack! and well-a-day!        10
  And left me here alone.
‘My Love, he was the kindest man;
  There’s none that’s like him in the town;
He gently takes me by the hand,
  And gave me many a green gown.        15
    With kisses sweet
    He would me treat,
And often sing a roundelay;
    And sometimes smile,
    Then chat awhile,        20
So that we might the time beguile
  A life-long summer’s day.
‘My Love, on May Day, still would be
  The earliest up of all the rest;
With scarves and ribbons then would be        25
  Of all the crew, he finest drest.
    With Morris bells
    And fine things else:
But when the pipe began to play
    He danced so well,        30
    I heard them tell,
That he did all the rest excel,
  And bore the bell away.
‘The man that took my Love away,
  Was too too harsh, and too severe;        35
I gently on my knees did pray
  That he my Love would then forbear.
    I offered too
    A breeding ewe
And chilver-lamb that were my own;        40
    Do what I could,
    It did no good,
He left me in this pensive mood,
  To sigh, and make my moan.’

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