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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

My Lady Greensleeves


ALAS! my love, you do me wrong

To cast me off discourteously;

And I have lovèd you so long,

Delighting in your company.

For oh, Greensleeves was all my joy!

And oh, Greensleeves was my delight!

And oh, Greensleeves was my heart of gold!

And who but my Lady Greensleeves!

I bought thee petticoats of the best,

The cloth as fine as might be;

I gave thee jewels for thy chest,

And all this cost I spent on thee.
For oh, Greensleeves …

Thy smock of silk, both fair and white,

With gold embroidered gorgeously:

Thy petticoat of sendal right:

And these I bought thee gladly.
For oh, Greensleeves …

Greensleeves now farewell! adieu!

God I pray to prosper thee!

For I am still thy lover true:

Come once again and love me!
For oh, Greensleeves …