by George Peele (1556? - 1596)

Fair and fair
Language: English 
Fair and fair, and twice so fair,
As fair as any may be;
The fairest shepherd on our green,
A love for any lady.

Fair and fair, and twice so fair,
As fair as any may be;
Thy love is fair for thee alone,
And for no other lady.

My love is fair, my love is gay,
As fresh as bin the flowers in May,
And of my love my roundelay,
My merry, merry, merry roundelay.
Concludes with Cupid's curse:
  "They that do change old love for new
  Pray gods they change for worse!"

My love can pipe, my love can sing,
My love can many a pretty thing,
And of his lovely praises ring
My merry, merry, merry roundelays
Amen to Cupid's curse:
   "They that do change old love for new
   Pray gods they change for worse!"

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Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail

Text added to the website: 2004-07-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:08
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Word count: 138