Seemed to see, but could not tell her feature or her fashion. But euen as Babes in dreames doo smile, (15) and sometime fall a weeping: So I awakt, as wise this while, as when I fell a sleeping. hey nonnie, nonnie, &c.
FINIS. Sheepheard Tonie.
¶ Rowlands Song in praise of the fairest Beta. +
O Thou siluer Thames, ô clearest christall flood, Beta alone the Phænix is of all thy watry brood. The Queene of Virgins onely she, And thou the Queene of floods shalt be. (5) Let all the Nimphs be ioyfull then, to see this happy day: Thy Beta now alone shall be the subiect of my Lay.
With dainty and delightsome straines of sweetest Virelayes, +Come louely Sheepheards sit we down, & chaunt our Betas praise. And let vs sing so rare a verse, (10) Our Betas praises to rehearse: That little birds shall silent be, to heare poore Sheepheards sing: And Riuers backward bend their course, & flow vnto the spring. +
Range all thy Swannes faire Thames together on a ranke: And place them duly one by one vpon thy stately banke. (15) Then set together all a-good, Recording to the siluer flood: And craue the tunefull Nightingale to helpe ye with her Lay; The Osell and the Thrustlecocke, chiefe musique of our May.