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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Rustic Song

By Thomas Dekker (c. 1570–1632)

From ‘The Sun’s Darling’

HAYMAKERS, rakers, reapers, and mowers,

Wait on your Summer Queen!

Dress up with musk-rose her eglantine bowers,

Daffodils strew the green!

Sing, dance, and play,

’Tis holiday!

The sun does bravely shine

On our ears of corn.

Rich as a pearl

Comes every girl.

This is mine, this is mine, this is mine.

Let us die ere away they be borne.

Bow to our Sun, to our Queen, and that fair one

Come to behold our sports:

Each bonny lass here is counted a rare one,

As those in princes’ courts.

These and we

With country glee,

Will teach the woods to resound,

And the hills with echoes hollow.

Skipping lambs

Their bleating dams

’Mongst kids shall trip it round;

For joy thus our wenches we follow.

Wind, jolly huntsmen, your neat bugles shrilly,

Hounds, make a lusty cry;

Spring up, you falconers, partridges freely,

Then let your brave hawks fly!

Horses amain,

Over ridge, over plain,

The dogs have the stag in chase:

’Tis a sport to content a king.

So ho! ho! through the skies

How the proud birds flies,

And sousing, kills with a grace!

Now the deer falls; hark! how they ring.