Menaphon: Sephesta's Song to her Child

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  Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee,
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  When thou art old there's grief enough for thee.
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  Mother's wag, pretty boy,
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  Father's sorrow, father's joy;
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  When thy father first did see
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  Such a boy by him and me,
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  He was glad, I was woe,
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  Fortune changed made him so,
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  When he left his pretty boy
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  Last his sorrow, first his joy.

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  Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee,
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  When thou art old there's grief enough for thee.
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  Streaming tears that never stint,
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  Like pearl-drops from a flint,
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  Fell by course from his eyes,
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  That one another's place supplies;
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  Thus he griev'd in every part,
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  Tears of blood fell from his heart,
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  When he left his pretty boy,
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  Father's sorrow, father's joy.

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  Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee,
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  When thou art old there's grief enough for thee.
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  The wanton smil'd, father wept,
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  Mother cried, baby leapt;
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  More he crow'd, more he cried,
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  Nature could not sorrow hide:
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  He must go, he must kiss
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  Child and mother, baby bless,
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  For he left his pretty boy,
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  Father's sorrow, father's joy.
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  Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee,
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  When thou art old there's grief enough for thee.

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Robert Greene was an English author popular in his day, and now best known for a posthumous pamphlet attributed to him, Greenes, Groats-worth of Witte, bought with a million of Repentance, widely believed to contain an attack on William Shakespeare. more…

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