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When Dasies pied, and Violets blew,When daisies pied and violets blueLLL V.ii.883
And Cuckow-buds of yellow hew:And lady-smocks all silver-whiteLLL V.ii.884
And Ladie-smockes all siluer white,And cuckoo-buds of yellow hueLLL V.ii.885
Do paint the Medowes with delight.Do paint the meadows with delight,LLL V.ii.886
The Cuckow then on euerie tree,The cuckoo then, on every tree,LLL V.ii.887
Mockes married men, for thus sings he,Mocks married men; for thus sings he:LLL V.ii.888
Cuckow.‘ Cuckoo!LLL V.ii.889
Cuckow, Cuckow: O word of feare,Cuckoo, cuckoo!’ O, word of fear,LLL V.ii.890
Vnpleasing to a married eare.Unpleasing to a married ear!LLL V.ii.891
When Shepheards pipe on Oaten strawes,When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,LLL V.ii.892
And merrie Larkes are Ploughmens clockes:And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,LLL V.ii.893
When Turtles tread, and Rookes and Dawes,When turtles tread, and rooks, and daws,LLL V.ii.894
And Maidens bleach their summer smockes:And maidens bleach their summer smocks,LLL V.ii.895
The Cuckow then on euerie treeThe cuckoo then, on every tree,LLL V.ii.896
Mockes married men; for thus sings he,Mocks married men; for thus sings he:LLL V.ii.897
Cuckow.‘Cuckoo!LLL V.ii.898
Cuckow, Cuckow: O word of feare,Cuckoo, cuckoo!' O, word of fear,LLL V.ii.899
Vnpleasing to a married eare.Unpleasing to a married ear!LLL V.ii.900
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