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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
A Vow to love faithfully, howsoever he be rewarded
 
SET me whereas the sun doth parch the green,
Or where his beams do not dissolve the ice;
In temperate heat, where he is felt and seen;
In presence prest 1 of people, mad, or wise;
Set me in high, or yet in low degree;        5
In longest night, or in the shortest day;
In clearest sky, or where clouds thickest be;
In lusty youth, or when my hairs are gray:
Set me in heaven, in earth, or else in hell,
In hill, or dale, or in the foaming flood;        10
Thrall, or at large, alive whereso I dwell,
Sick, or in health, in evil fame or good,
  Her’s will I be; and only with this thought
  Content myself, although my chance be nought.
 
Note 1. Query, press, i. e. in the presence of a crowd of people. [back]
 
 
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