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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
Description and Praise of his Love Geraldine
 
FROM Tuscane came my Lady’s worthy race;
Fair Florence was sometime her 1 ancient seat.
The western isle whose pleasant shore doth face
Wild Camber’s cliffs, did give her lively heat.
Foster’d she was with milk of Irish breast:        5
Her sire an Earl; her dame of Prince’s blood.
From tender years, in Britain doth she rest,
With Kinges child; where she tasteth costly food.
Hunsdon did first present her to mine eyen:
Bright is her hue, and Geraldine she hight.        10
Hampton me taught to wish her first for mine;
And Windsor, alas! doth chase me from her sight.
  Her beauty of kind; her virtues from above;
  Happy is he that can obtain her love!
 
Note 1. i. e. Their. [back]
 
 
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