John Fletcher

from The Maid's Tragedy, 1622      

Lay a garland on my hearse of the dismal yew,
Maidens, willow branches bear, say, I diëd true.
My love was false, but I was firm from my hour of birth ;
Upon my buried body lay lightly, gently, earth.

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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