Lay a garland on my hearse

Original Text: 
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, The Maid's Tragedy, 2nd edn. (London: F. Constable, 1622). Short-title Catalog 1678.
2    Of the dismal yew,
3Maidens, willow branches bear,
4    Say I died true.
5My love was false, but I was firm
6    From my hour of birth;
7Upon my buried body lie
8    Lightly, gentle earth.


1] There is considerable difference of opinion on the authorship of the songs in the plays on which Beaumont and Fletcher collaborated. The songs are often too readily attributed to Fletcher because there are many rather similar songs in the plays of which he is sole author. He is commonly agreed to be the sole author of Valentinian and The Nice Valour, first printed in the folio collection of Comedies and Tragedies, 1647. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.246; RPO 1996-2000.