John Fletcher

from Faithful Shepherdess      

Do not fear to put thy feet
Naked in the river, sweet ;
Think not leech, or newt, or toad
Will bite thy foot when thou hast trod ;
Nor let the water rising high,
As thou wad'st in, make thee cry
And sob; but ever live with me,
And not a wave shall trouble thee.

Poetry of the English Renaissance 1509-1660.
J. William Hebel and Hoyt H. Hudson, eds.
New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1941. 395.


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