A shepherd in a shade, His plaining made, Of love and lovers' wrong, Unto the fairest lass That trod on grass, And thus began his song. Since Love and Fortune will, I honour still Your fair and lovely eye. What conquest will it be, Sweet nymph, for thee If I for sorrow die? Restore, restore my heart again, Which love by thy sweet looks hath slain, Lest that, enforc'd by your disdain, I sing: "Fie, fie on love, it is a foolish thing." My heart where have you laid? O cruel maid, To kill, when you might save! Why have ye cast it forth, As nothing worth, Without a tomb or grave? O let it be entomb'd and lie In your sweet mind and memory, Lest I resound on every warbling string: "Fie, fie on love, that is a foolish thing!"
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- by John Dowland (1562 - 1626), "A shepherd in a shade", published 1600 [voice and lute], from the collection Second Book of Songs or Airs [text verified 1 time]
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