Nicholas Breton quotes

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I wish my deadly foe no worse
Than want of friends, and empty purse.
Shall we go dance the hay, the hay?
Never pipe could ever play
Better shepherd's roundelay.
Shall we go learn to kiss, to kiss?
Never heart could ever miss
Comfort, where true meaning is.
Come, little boy, and rock asleep;
Sing lullaby and be thou still;
dost thou smile? O, thy sweet face!
Would God Himself He might thee see!--
Come little babe, come silly soul,
Thy father's shame, thy mother's grief,
Much ado there was, God wot,
He would love and she would not.
Thus much for thy assurance know; a hollow friend is but a hellish foe.
Who can live in heart so glad
As the merry country lad?
While he hears in every spring
How the birds do chirp and sing:
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