by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

 Once I loved a maiden fair
Language: English 
Once I loved a maiden fair,
But she did deceive me;
She with Venus might compare,
In my mind, believe me;
She was young, and among
All our maids the sweetest,
Now I say, Ah! well-a-day,
Brightest hopes are fleetest.
I the wedding ring had got,
Wedding clothes provided,
Sure the church would bind a knot
Ne’er to be divided;
Married we straight must be,
She her vows had plighted;
Vows, alas! as frail as glass;
All my hopes are blighted.
Maidens wav’ring and untrue,
Many a heart have broken;
Sweetest lips the world e’er knew,
Falsest words have spoken.
Fare thee well, faithless girl,
I’ll not sorrow for thee;
Once I held thee dear as pearl,
Now I do abhor thee.

Note: this is an anonymous text from the time of James I, condensed by T. Oxenford.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-11-28
Line count: 24
Word count: 122