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Short poem

Thomas Morley (1557/58-1602)

On a Fair Morning as I Came by the Way

              1On a fair morning, as I came by the way,
              2Met I with a merry maid in the merry month of May,
              3When a sweet love sings his lovely lay,
              4And every bird upon the bush bechirps it up so gay.
              5With a heave and ho! with a heave and ho!
              6Thy wife shall be thy master, I trow.
              7Sing care away, care away, let the world go!
              8Hey, lustily, all in a row, all in a row,
              9Sing care away, care away, let the world go!

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Thomas Morley, Magrigals to foure voyces (London: T. Este, 1600). STC 18128
First publication date: 1600
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.237; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/13

Rhyme: aaaabbbbb

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