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Short poem

Nicholas Breton (ca. 1554-after 1625)

The Passionate Shepherd

              1  Who can live in heart so glad
              2As the merry country lad?
              3Who upon a fair green balk
              4May at pleasure sit and walk,
              5And amid the azure skies
              6See the morning sun arise;
              7While he hears in every spring
              8How the birds do chirp and sing;
              9Or before the hounds in cry
            10See the hare go stealing by;
            11Or along the shallow brook
            12Angling with a baited hook,
            13See the fishes leap and play
            14In a blessed sunny day;
            15Or to hear the partridge call
            16Till she have her covey all;
            17Or to see the subtle fox,
            18How the villain plies the box,
            19After feeding on his prey
            20How he closely sneaks away
            21Through the hedge and down the furrow,
            22Till he gets into his burrow;
            23Then the bee to gather honey,
            24And the little black hair'd coney
            25On a bank for sunny place
            26With her forefeet wash her face:
            27Are not these, with thousands moe
            28Than the courts of kings do know,
            29The true pleasing-spirits sights
            30That may breed true love's delights?


3] balk: unploughed ridge.

24] coney: rabbit.

Online text copyright © 2005, 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: Bonerto [Nicholas Breton], The passionate shepheard, or the shepheardes love (London: E. Allde for J. Tappe, 1604). STC 3682
First publication date: 1604
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.182; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6

Form: couplets

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