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In playntes Loue entertained
Myhart (such sport to choose me)
And fortune thus vndooes me,
To make me thinke vnfained,
That Time a change maintained,
But Both do still my greefes ordaine,
But God keepe thee from such a paine.

Seluagia, who bare no lesse loue, or at lest no lesse presumption thereof to her Alanius, then Syluanus to faire Diana, and who thought her selfe no lesse greeued for the change, that he had made in his loue, then Syluanus for the long perseuerāce in his harme, changing the first verse of this old pastorall round that followeth, she began to sing it, applying it to her purpose in this sort.

SAie Shepherdesse, what hath depriued thee
Of curtesie and ioy,
Since that so merrie thou were woont to be?

The deere remembrance of my passed gladnes
In middes of all my present greefe and paine,
Woe to my soule, that feeles it with such sadnes,
If long in such a state it doth remaine:
And since that time hath changed (to beplaine)
A Shepherd to offend and trouble me,
Merrie and pleasant I could neuer be.

Syrenus thought Seluagias song sufficient enough to manifest his greese, if Sylua∣nus and she had agreed thereunto; who also perswading him to choose out some song, that he had sometimes heard most fit for his purpose, he began to sing this which followeth.

MIstresse thou hast forgotten me,
But more I loue and honor thee.

Haples, I see I am forgot,
And yet I know no reason why,
To whom thy faith thou dost apply.
And tak’st from whom thou dost not wot:
Being belou’d, he loues thee not,
And Mistresse thou dost not loue me,
But more I loue and honor thee.

Me thinkes I do behold with pride
Those eies (my ioyes not long ago)
And for thou wilt not see me so,
Thy fairest face from me dost hide:
And that I saie to thee, beside,
Mistresse lift up those eies to me,
For more I loue and honor thee.


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