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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
To his Mistress
 
IF 1 he that erst the form so lively drew
Of Venus’ face, triumph’d in painter’s art;
Thy Father then what glory did ensue,
By whose pencil a Goddess made thou art.
Touched with flame that figure made some rue,        5
And with her love surprised many a heart.
There lack’d yet that should cure their hot desire:
Thou canst inflame and quench the kindled fire.
 
Note 1. Printed for the first time by Dr. Nott, from a MS. in the possession of Mr. Hill. [back]
 
 
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