by Edmund Spenser (1552 - 1599)

Let no lamenting cryes, nor dolefull...
Language: English 
Let no lamenting cryes, nor dolefull teares,
Be heard all night within, nor yet without: 
Ne let false whispers, breeding hidden feares,
Breake gentle sleepe with misconceived dout.
Let no deluding dreames, nor dreadful sights,
Make sudden sad affrights:
No let house-fyres, nor lightnings helpless harmes, 
Ne let the Pouke, nor other evill sprights,
Ne let mischievous witches with theyr charmes,
Ne let hob-goblins, names whose sence we see not,
Fray us with things that be not:
Let not the shriech-owle, nor the storke, be heard, 
Nor the night-raven, that still deadly yels,
Nor damned ghosts, cald up with mighty spels,
Nor griesly vultures, make us once affeard:
Ne let th'unpleasant quyre of frogs still croking
Make us to wish theyr choking. 
Let none of these theyr drery accents sing;
Ne let the woods them answer, nor theyr eccho ring.

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Confirmed with The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser, Volume V, edited by Francis J. Child, London: Imprinted for William Ponsonbie, dwelling in Paules Churchyard at the Signe of the Bishops Head, 1591.

Note from the text:
The Pouke (Puck is a generic term, signifying fiend, or mischievous imp) is Robin Goodfellow. C.]


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