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ANONYMOUS

13TH CENTURY

THE FIRST CAROL

SUMMER is y-comen in!

Loud sing cuckoo !

Groweth seed and bloweth mead,
And springeth the wood new.
Sing cuckoo! cuckoo!

Ewe bleateth after lamb,
Loweth cow after calf;
Bullock starteth, buck verteth ;

Merry sing cuckoo !

Cuckoo! cuckoo !

Nor cease thou ever now.

Sing cuckoo now!

Sing cuckoo !

SIR WALTER RALEIGH

1552-1618

VERSES BEFORE DEATH

EVEN Such is time, that takes in trust Our youth, our joys, our all we have, And pays us but with earth and dust; Who, in the dark and silent grave,

When we have wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days;

But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust!

EDMUND SPENSER

1553-1599

EASTER

Most glorious Lord of life! that on this day Didst make thy triumph over death and sin; And, having harrowed hell, didst bring away Captivity then captive, us to win :

This glorious day, dear Lord, with joy begin,

And grant that we, for whom thou diddest die, Being with thy dear blood clean washed from sin, May live for ever in felicity!

And that thy love we weighing worthily,

May likewise love thee for the same again;
And for thy sake, that all like dear didst buy,
With love may one another entertain.
So let us love, dear Love, like as we ought;
Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.

FRESH SPRING

FRESH Spring, the herald of love's mighty king,
In whose coat-armour richly are displayed
All sorts of flowers, the which on earth do spring
In goodly colours gloriously arrayed:

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