Dowsabell

Daughter of Cassamen, a knight of Arden, who fell in love with a shepherd. The two make love with Arcadian simplicity, and vow eternal fidelity.

With that she bent her snow-white knee,
Down by the shepherd kneeléd she,
And him she sweetly kist.
With that the shepherd whooped for joy
Quoth he, `There's never shepherd boy
That ever was so blist.' 

Drayton: Dowsabell (a ballad).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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