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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
Of the Same
 
IN the rude age, when knowledge was not rife,
If Jove in Crete, and other were that taught
Arts, to convert to profit of our life,
Wend after death to have their temples sought:
If, Virtue yet no void unthankful time        5
Failed of some to blast her endless fame;
(A goodly mean both to deter from crime,
And to her steps our sequel to inflame)
In days of truth if Wyatt’s friends then wail
(The only debt that dead of quick may claim)        10
That rare wit spent, employ’d to our avail,
Where Christ is taught, we led to Virtue’s train.
  His lively face their breasts how did it freat,
  Whose cinders yet with envy they do eat.
 
 
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