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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
Complaint of the Absence of her Lover being upon the Sea
 
O HAPPY dames that may embrace
The fruit of your delight;
Help to bewail the woful case,
And eke the heavy plight,
Of me, that wonted to rejoice        5
The fortune of my pleasant choice:
Good ladies! help to fill my mourning voice.
 
In ship freight with remembrance
Of thoughts and pleasures past,
He sails that hath in governance        10
My life while it will last;
With scalding sighs, for lack of gale,
Furthering his hope, that is his sail,
Toward me, the sweet port of his avail.
 
Alas! how oft in dreams I see        15
Those eyes that were my food;
Which sometime so delighted me,
That yet they do me good:
Wherewith I wake with his return,
Whose absent flame did make me burn:        20
But when I find the lack, Lord! how I mourn.
 
When other lovers in arms across,
Rejoice their chief delight;
Drowned in tears, to mourn my loss,
I stand the bitter night        25
In my window, where I may see
Before the winds how the clouds flee:
Lo! what mariner love hath made of me.
 
And in green waves when the salt flood
Doth rise by rage of wind;        30
A thousand fancies in that mood
Assail my restless mind.
Alas! now drencheth 1 my sweet foe,
That with the spoil of my heart did go,
And left me; but, alas! why did he so?        35
 
And when the seas wax calm again,
To chase from me annoy,
My doubtful hope doth cause me plain;
So dread cuts off my joy.
Thus is my wealth mingled with woe:        40
And of each thought a doubt doth grow;
Now he comes! will he come? alas! no, no!
 
Note 1. Is drowned. [back]
 
 
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