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¶ Astrophell his Song of Phillida and Coridon. +

F Aire in a morne, (O fairest morne) was neuer morne so faire: There shone a Sunne, though not the Sunne, that shineth in the ayre. (5) For the earth, and from the earth, (was neuer such a creature:) Did come this face, (was neuer face,) that carried such a feature. Vpon a hill, (O blessed hill, (10) was neuer hill so blessed) There stoode a man, (was neuer man for woman so distressed.) This man beheld a heauenly view, which did such vertue giue: (15) As cleares the blinde, and helps the lame, and makes the dead man liue. This man had hap, (O happy man more happy none then hee;) For he had hap to see the hap, (20) that none had hap to see. This silly Swaine, (and silly Swaines are men of meanest grace🙂 Had yet the grace, (O gracious guest) to hap on such a face. (25) He pitty cryed, and pitty came, and pittied so his paine: As dying, would not let him die, but gaue him life againe. For ioy whereof he made such mirth, (30) as all the Woods did ring: