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Beaumont and Fletcher

(1584 - 1616 / England)

Song - Shake off your heavy trance


Shake off your heavy trance,
And leap into a dance,
Such as no mortals use to tread,
Fit only for Apollo -
To play to, for the moon to lead,
And all the stars to follow!
O blessed youth! for Jove doth pause,
Laying aside his graver laws
For this device:
And at the wedding such a pair
Each dance is taken for a prayer,
Each song a sacrifice.
You should stay longer if we durst;
Away! Alas! that he that first
Gave Time wild wings to fly away,
Has now no power to make him stay.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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