To Mistress Isabell Pennell

By Saint Mary, my lady,
Your mammy and your dady
Brought forth a goodly baby !
  My maiden Isabel,
Reflaring rosabell,
The flagrant camamell,
  The ruddy rosary,
The sovereign rosemary,
The pretty strawberry,
  The columbine, the nepte,
The jeloffer well set,
The proper violet ;
  Ennewëd your colowre
Is like the daisy flower
After the April shower ;
  Star of the morrow gray,
The blossom on the spray,
The freshest flower of May :
  Maidenly demure,
Of womanhood the lure ;
Wherefore I make you sure
  It were an heavenly health,
It were and endless wealth,
A life for God himself,
  To hear this nightingale
Among the birdës smale
Warbeling in the vale,—
Dug, dug, jug, jug,
Good year and good luck,
With chuck, chuck, chuck, chuck !

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