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EBBA 31284

British Library - Roxburghe
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I would I were where HELEN lyes, To its own Proper Tune.

MY sweetest Sweet and fairest Fair,
of Birth and Worth beyond compare,
Thou art the Causer of my Care
since first I loved thee:
I would I were where Helen lyes,
where Helen lyes, where Helen lyes,
For night and day on me she cryes
in Land where eer she be.

Thy Face is full of Blessedness,
thy Lips are full of Comeliness,
Thy Countenance is Loveliness,
with Heart, O pity me!
I would I were, etc.

Pity and Vertue they do meet,
which makes thy Body so compleat,
The Love of thee my only Sweet
can only comfort me.
I would I were, etc

Yet GOD hath givn to me a Mind,
the which to thee shall prove as kind,
As any one that thou shalt find,
of high or low Degree,
I would I were, etc.

Yet neer theless I am content,
and neer a whit my Love repent;
But think the time it was well spent
though I disdained be,
I would I were, etc.

Yet Venus lovd a Shepherds Swain,
whose name is called Ordemain,
And Rosmond an inferior Man,
why may not thou love me?
I would I were, etc.

Shall Contemplation be to me.
the Height of my Felicitie?
Shall I adore a Deitie,
can no ways passed be?
I would I were, etc.

Shall I continue still to love,
whom neither Tears nor Sighs can move,
Such Constancie will fully prove
no Truth but flattery.
I would I were, etc.

The shaldest River makes most Din,
the deepest Pool the deadest Lin,
The richest Man least Truth within,
though he preferred be.
I would I were, etc.

The Eagle and the Cock a Match,
cant stoop the Butterflie to catch.
Nor can the Hare feed with the Ratch,
no more canst thou love me.
I would I were, etc.

But here Ill swear Ill be as true,
as any one shall favour you,
The Love I love Ill never rue,
until the day I die.
I would I were, etc.

My Heart to thee thou hast in Tye,
with thee to live, and also dye,
I love thee for thy Constancy,
and evermore shall do,
I would I were, etc.

No Accident can have the Force,
to change my Love, or yet it cross,
Nor can the World with its Dross,

hinder my Love from you.
I would I were, etc.

O Helen fair, without compare,
let not Despair, nor killing Care,
My pure Heart tare, but one word mair,
and say, thou pities me!
I would I were, etc.

O Helen Sweet and most compleat,
my captive Sprit pines at thy Feet,
O think not fit thus for to treat,
thy Prisner cruellie!
I would I were, etc.

O Helen brave this still I crave,
on thy poor Slave some Pitie have,
O do him save whos near his Grave,
and pines for Love of thee!
I would I were, etc,

O Helen best, discreet, modest,
who is possest with thee, is blest:
With Happiness thou art increast,
Oh if I were with thee!
I would I were, etc.

O Helen wise, do not despise
the humble Cryes of him that dyes:
Look where he lyes, and bid him rise,
and live, and hope for thee.
I would I were, etc.

O Helen great in my conceit,
my rigid Fate I must regret
Rigour abate, do not him hate,
who loves thee till he die!
I would I were, etc.

O Helen coy, my Love my Joy;
do not employ the winged Boy,
Me to destroy, or to annoy
that Heart, who sighs for thee!
I would I were, etc.

O Helen chaste, my Wounds bleed fast
my Life doth waste, and makes great haste,
Thou wilt at last when time is past,
repent thy Cruelty.
I would I were, etc.

O Helen fair, O Helen sweet,
O Helen brave, O Helen best,
O Helen wise, O Helen great,
O Helen coie and chast:
I would I were, etc.

Think on the Place where we have been,
imbracing of my Love Helen
At Venus Game hath been right keen,
but now I them deny.
I would I were, etc.

O Helen rare, O Helen fair,
Ill wear a Garland of thy Hair
Shall cover me for evermaire,
until the day I die.
I would I were, etc.

O that I were where I would be
even beneath yon green wood Tree,
And my own Deary on my knee
so well as we should gree.
I would I were where Helen lyes,
where Helen lyes, where Helen lyes,
For night and day on me she cryes,
in Land where eer she be.


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