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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
Description of Spring, wherein every thing renews, save only the Lover
 
THE SOOTE 1 season, that bud and bloom forth brings
With green hath clad the hill, and eke the vale.
The nightingale with feathers new she sings;
The turtle to her make 2 hath told her tale.
Summer is come, for every spray now springs,        5
The hart hath hung his old head on the pale;
The buck in brake his winter coat he slings;
The fishes flete with new repaired scale;
The adder all her slough away she slings;
The swift swallow pursueth the flies smale; 3        10
The busy bee her honey now she mings; 4
Winter is worn that was the flowers’ bale. 5
  And thus I see among these pleasant things
  Each care decays, and yet my sorrow springs!
 
Note 1. Sweet. [back]
Note 2. Mate. [back]
Note 3. Small. [back]
Note 4. Mingles. [back]
Note 5. Destruction. [back]
 
 
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