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by Thomas Nashe

Playwright and artist. His first published work was a preface to Greene's Menaphon (1589) which attacked the follies of contemporary literature. He then became embroiled in the Martin Marprelate controversy and wrote a series of savagely anti-Puritan works.

Christs' Teares over Jerusalem (1593), a religious meditation was written for Lady Elizabeth Carey and was followed by The Terrors of Night a treatise on dreams.

His other works include the satirical Summer's Last Will and Testament (1592) and the gentler The Unfortunate Traveller (1594). His satirical comedy The Isle of Dogs (1597), now lost, angered the authorities and led to a period of imprisonment.

by Thomas Nashe

Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year's pleasant king;
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The palm and may make country houses gay,
Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day,
And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet,
Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit;
In every street these tunes our ears do greet,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!
Spring! the sweet Spring!

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