by Francis Beaumont (1584 - 1616) and by John Fletcher (1579 - 1625)

Lay a garland on my hearse
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT
Lay a garland on my hearse,
  Of the dismal yew,
Maidens, willow branches [bear]1,
  Say I died true.

My love was false, but I was firm
  [From my hour of birth;]2
Upon my buried body lie
  Lightly, [gentle]3 earth.

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1 Pearsall, A. Taylor: "wear"
2 omitted by Pearsall and A. Taylor
3 Pearsall, A. Taylor: "thou gentle"


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Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-09
Line count: 8
Word count: 39