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Thrall, or at large, alive whereso I dwell,
Sick, or in health, in evil fame or good,
THAT HIS LADY, AFTER SHE KNEW HIS LOVE, KEPT HER
FACE ALWAYS HIDDEN FROM HIM.
I NEVER saw my lady lay apart
Her cornet1 black, in cold nor yet in heat,
Sith first she knew my grief was grown so great; Which other fancies driveth from my heart, That to myself I do the thought reserve,
The which unwares did wound my woful breast :
But on her face mine eyes might never rest. Yet since she knew I did her love and serve, Her golden tresses clad alway with black,
Her smiling looks that hid thus evermore,
And that restrains which I desire so sore :
REQUEST TO HIS LOVE TO JOIN BOUNTY
To fasten friends, and feed them at thy will,
a head-dress, so called from its horns or points to which the veil was attached.
Whose hidden virtues are not so unknown,
But lively dooms 2 might gather at the first Where beauty so her perfect seed hath sown
Of other graces follow needs there must. Now certes, Garret,? since all this is true,
That from above thy gifts are thus elect, Do not deface them then with fancies new;
Nor change of minds, let not the mind infect: But mércy him, thy friend that doth thee servė, Who seeks alway thine honour to preserve.
PRISONED IN WINDSOR, HE RECOUNTETH
HIS PLEASURE THERE PASSED.
So cruel prison how could betide, alas,
As proud Windsor, where I in lust and joy, With a king's son,4 my childish 5
pass, In greater feast than Priam's sons of Troy : Where each sweet place returns a taste full sour:
The large green courts, where we were wont to hove, With eyes cast up into the maidens' tower,
And easy sighs, such as folk draw in love; The stately seats, the ladies bright of hue ;
The dances short, long tales of great delight; With words and looks that tigers could but rue ; 7
Where each of us did plead the other's right; The palm-play, where, despoiled for the game,
With dazèd eyes oft we by gleams of love "Lively dooms : ' persons of quick judgment.--> Garret :'the Fitz-Geralds usually wrote their name Garret, and it seems that Geraldine was so called when in attendance on the Princess Mary.—3 Mercy :' used as a verb. • King's son :' the young Duke of Richmond, natural son to Henry VIII., see * Life.' __ Childish : ' in the sense of childe.' _ • Hove:' hover. -* Rae:' melt, cause to pity.-8. Palm-play :' fives, or tennis.
Have miss'd the ball, and got sight of our dame,
To bait her eyes, which kept the leads above ; 1 The gravell’d ground, with sleeves tied on the helm,
On foaming horse, with swords and friendly hearts, With chere, as though one should another whelm,
Where we have fought, and chasèd oft with darts; 20 With silver drops the mead yet spread for ruth ;
In active games of nimbleness and strength, Where we did strain, trained with swarms of youth,
Our tender limbs, that yet shot up in length; The secret groves, which oft we made resound
Of pleasant plaint, and of our ladies' praise; Recording oft what grace each one had found,
What hope of speed, what dread of long delays; The wild forest, the clothèd holts with green ;
With reins avail'd, and swift ybreathed horse, With
cry of hounds, and merry blasts between, Where we did chase the fearful hart of force; 4 The void walls eke, that harbour'd us each night:
Wherewith, alas ! reviveth in my breast The sweet accord, such sleeps as yet delight;
The pleasant dreams, the quiet bed of rest; The secret thoughts, imparted with such trust;
The wanton talk, the divers change of play;
Wherewith we pass'd the winter night away.
The tears berain my cheeks of deadly hue:
Up-suppèd have, thus I my plaint renew: "The leads :' the ladies were ranged on the leads or battlements of the castle to see the play. — ?. Chere :' mien. - 3 Availed :' lowered or slackened. • Force : The chase in which the game was run down, not stalked and shot, was called the chasse à forcer.-3* Wanton :' idle.
Oh place of bliss ! renewer of my woes !
Give me account, where is my noble fere ? Whom in thy walls thou dost each night enclose;
To other lief;1 but unto me most dear.' Echo, alas ! that doth my sorrow rue,
Returns thereto a hollow sound of plaint. Thus I alone, where all my freedom grew,
In prison pine, with bondage and restraint: And, with remembrance of the greater grief To banish the less, I find my chief relief.
THE LOVER COMFORTETH HIMSELF WITH
THE WORTHINESS OF HIS LOVE. 1 When raging love with extreme pain
Most cruelly distrains my heart;
Bear witness of my woful smart;
That I lie at the point of death: 2 I call to mind the navy great
That the Greeks brought to Troy town :
Their ships, and rent their sails adown;
Appeased the gods that them withstood : 3 And how that in those ten years' war
Full many a bloody deed was done ;
There caught his bane, alas ! too soon ;
1. Lief:' dear.
4 Then think I thus : ‘Sith such repair,
So long time war of valiant men,
Shall I not learn to suffer then ?
5 Therefore I never will repent,
But pains contented still endure;
The pleasant spring straight draweth in ure,
COMPLAINT OF THE ABSENCE OF HER
LOVER, BEING UPON THE SEA.
SUPPOSED TO REFER TO HIS LADY'S FEELINGS IN SURREY'S
1 Oh happy dames that may embrace
The fruit of your delight,
And eke the heavy plight,
2 In ship freight with remembrance
Of thoughts and pleasures past,
My life while it will last;