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My merry, merry, merry, roundelay, Concludes with Cupid’s curse: They that do change old love for

new, Pray gods they change for worse.

Fair and fair, and twice so fair, As fair as any may be; The fairest shepherd on our green, A love for any lady. Fair and fair, and twice so fair, As fair as any may be; Thy love is fair for thee alone, And for no other lady. My love can pipe, my love can sing, My love can many a pretty thing, And of his lovely praises ring My merry, merry, merry, roundelays, Amen to Cupid’s curse: They that do change old love for

new, Pray gods they change for worse.

  • George Peele

Sound the Flute

Sound the flute! Now it’s mute. Birds delight, Day and night. Nightingale In the dale, Lark in sky Merrily, Merrily, merrily, to

welcome in the year.

Little boy Full of joy. Little girl Sweet and small. Cock does crow So do you. Merry voice Infant noise

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Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year.

Little lamb Here I am. Come and lick My white neck. Let me pull Your soft wool. Let me kiss Your soft face. Merrily, merrily, we

welcome in the year.

  • William Blake

Finale

London, to thee I do present the

merry month of May; Let each true subject be content to

hear me what I say: With gilded staff and crossed scarf,

the Maylord here I stand. Rejoice, O English hearts, rejoice!

rejoice, O lovers dear! Rejoice, O City, town and country!

rejoice, eke every shire! For now the fragrant flowers do

spring and sprout in seemly sort, The little birds do sit and sing, the

lambs do make fine sport; And now the birchen-tree doth bud,

that makes the scboolboy cry; The morris rings, while hobby-horse

doth foot it feateously; The lords and ladies now abroad, for

their disport and play, Do kiss sometimes upon the grass,

and sometimes in the hay; Now butter with a leaf of sage is good

to purge the blood; Fly Venus and phlebotomy, for they

are neither good; Now little fish on tender stone begin

to cast their bellies,

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