The School Bag

Thrice toss these oaken ashes in the air

Thomas Campion

Thrice toss these oaken ashes in the air,
Thrice sit thou mute in this enchanted chair;
Then thrice three times tie up this true love's knot.
And murmur soft ‘She will, or she will not.’

Go burn these poisonous weeds in yon blue fire,
These screech-owl's feathers and this prickling brier,
This cypress gathered at a dead man's grave,
That all my fears and cares an end may have.

Then come, you Fairies! dance with me a round!
Melt her hard heart with your melodious sound! —
In vain are all the charms I can devise:
She hath an art to break them with her eyes.    

c. 1617