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MATTHEW ROYDON.

MATTHEW ROYDON.

LAMENT FOR ASTROPHEL (SIR PHILIP
SIDNEY).

You knew, - who knew not Astrophel?
That I should live to say I knew,
And have not in possession still! —
Things known permit me to renew.

Of him you know his merit such
I cannot say you hear--too much.

bed;

Take thou of me sinooth pillows, sweetest Did never muse inspire beneath
A poet's brain with finer store.
He wrote of love with high conceit
And beauty reared above her height.

A chamber deaf to noise and blind to
light;

A rosy garland, and a weary head.
And if these things, as being thine by right,
Move not thy heavy grace, thou shalt in

me

Livelier than elsewhere Stella's image see.

--

Within these woods of Arcady

He chief delight and pleasure took ;
And on the mountain Partheny,
Upon the crystal liquid brook,

The muses met him every day, -
Taught him to sing, and write, and

say.

When he descended down the mount
His personage seemed most divine;
A thousand graces one might count
Upon his lovely, cheerful eyne.
To hear him speak, and see him
smile,

You were in Paradise the while.

A sweet, attractive ind of grace;
A full assurance given by looks;
Continual comfort in a face;

The lineaments of gospel books:

I trow that countenance cannot lie
Whose thoughts are legible in the eye.

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Above all others this is he

Who erst approved in his song,
That love and honor might agree,

And that pure love will do no wrong.
Sweet saints, it is no sin or blame
To love a man of virtuous name.

Did never love so sweetly breathe
In any mortal breast before:

EDMUND SPENSER.

EDMUND SPENSER.

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Such self-assurance need not fear the | The pledge of all your band?
Sing, ye sweet angels! Alleluia sing,
That all the woods may answer, and your
echo ring.

spite

Of grudging foes, ne favor seek of friends; But in the stay of her own steadfast might, Neither to one herself or other bends. Most happy she that most assured doth

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