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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
XLIV. Francis Davison
WHAT is so sweete, so amiable,
  As brother’s love vnfeyn’d?
Whose hearts in bands inviolable
  Of concord are enchayn’d?
Its like vnto that pretious oyntment        5
  Whose odour far did spread,
Vs’d to embalme, by God’s appoyntment,
  The high priest Aron’s head:
Whence in a fragrant shower descending,
  It deaw’d his beard and face;        10
Then to his robes his sweetnes lending,
  About his skirts did trace.
Or to the deawe wherewith gray morning
  Empearles mount Hermon’s head,
His greenes with peckled flowers adorning,        15
  Artlessly diap’red;
From Hermon to mount Sion powring
  His fertill riuolets,
And all engreening and enflowering
  Those pleasant mountaynets.        20
Where this love-knot remaines vnbroken,
  God heapes of blisse doth send;
Yea, heauenly blisse it doth betoken,
  Exempt from change or end.

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