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William Shakespeare

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: "When Daffodils Begin To Peer..."

"When Daffodils Begin To Peer..."

(From "The Winter's Tale")
When daffodils begin to peer, -- 
With hey! The doxy over the dale, --
Why, then comes in the sweet o’ the year;
For the red blood reigns in the winter’s pale.

The white sheet bleaching on the hedge, --
With hey! the sweet birds, O, how they sing! --
Doth set my pugging tooth on edge;
For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.

The lark, that tirra-lirra chants, -- 
With hey! with hey! the thrush and the jay, --
Are summer songs for me and for my aunts,
While we lie tumbling in the hay.




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