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(1572-1632 / England)

Quotations

  • ''Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
    Smiles awake you when you rise.
    Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
    And I will sing a lullaby:
    Rock them, rock them, lullaby.''
    Thomas Dekker (1572?-1632?), British poet. The Pleasant Comedy of Patient Grissell. OBSC. Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp. (1932) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''Work apace, apace, apace, apace;
    Honest labour bears a lovely face;''
    Thomas Dekker (1572?-1632?), British poet. The Pleasant Comedy of Patient Grissell. OBSC. Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp. (1932) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Troll the bowl, the jolly nut-brown bowl,
    And here, kind mate, to thee!
    Let's sing a dirge for Saint Hugh's soul,
    And down it merrily.''
    Thomas Dekker (1572?-1632?), British poet. The Shoemaker's Holiday (l. 9-12). OBSC. Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp. (1932) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Now the nightingale, the pretty nightingale,
    The sweetest singer in all the forest's choir,
    Entreats thee, sweet Peggy, to hear thy true Love's tale:
    Lo! yonder she sitteth, her breast against a briar.''
    Thomas Dekker (1572?-1632?), British poet. The Shoemaker's Holiday (l. 9-12). Birds. Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp. (1932) Oxford University Press.

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Country Glee

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

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