In May the birdes their mossie neastes, doe timber as they may. (5) In May the swift and turning Hare her bagged belly slakes, In May the little sucking Watts, + doe plaie with tender Flaxe: All creatures may, in Maie be glad, no may can me remoue, I sorrow in May, since I may not, in May obtaine my loue.
The stately Harte in Maye doth mue, his olde and palmed beames, (10) His state renewes in May, he leapes to view Appollos streames: +In Maie, the Bucke his horned toppes, doth hang vpon the pale, In Maie, he seekes the pastures greene, in ranging euery Dale. In Maie, the vgley speckled Snake, doth cast her lothsome skinne, In Maie, the better that he may increase his scaley skinne: +(15) All thinges in May I see, they may reioyce like Turtle doue, I sorrow in Maie since I may not, in May obtayne my loue.
Now may I mourne in fruitfull Maie, who may or can redresse, May maie is sorrow since she that may, with holdes my maie a freshe: Thus I must may in pleasaunt Maie, till I may May at will, (20) with her in Maie, whose may my life, now may both saue and spill. Contented heartes that haue your hope, in May you may at large, Unfolde your ioyes, expell your cares, and baske in pleasure barge: Saue I alone in Maie, that may lament for my behoue, I mourne in Maie, till that I may, in May obtaine my loue.
The complaint of a sorrowfull Soule. +
O Soueraigne salue of sinne, who doest my soule behold, That seekes her selfe from tangling faultes, by striuing to vnfold, What plea shall I put in, when thou doest Summons send: To iudge the people of the yearth, and giue the world and end, (5) When euery deede and worde, yea euery secret thought, In open vewe of all the worlde, shall vnto light be brought.
So many Iudges shall against me sentence giue, As by example of good woorkes, hath taught how I should liue: So many pleaders shall confound my carefull case, (10) As haue in one by sound aduise, sought to engraft by grace.