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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Montana the Shepherd, His Love to Aminta
By Anthony Munday (1553–1633)
 
I SERVE 1 Aminta, whiter than the snow,
  Straighter than cedar, brighter than the glass;
More fine in trip 2 than foot of running roe,
  More pleasant than the field of flowering grass;
More gladsome to my withering joys that fade        5
Than winter’s sun or summer’s cooling shade.
 
Sweeter than swelling grape of ripest wine,
  Softer than feathers of the fairest swan;
Smoother than jet, more stately than the pine,
  Fresher than poplar, smaller than my span;        10
Clearer than Phœbus’ fiery-pointed beam,
Or icy crust of crystal’s frozen stream.
 
Yet is she curster than the bear by kind, 3
  And harder-hearted than the agèd oak;
More glib than oil, more fickle than the wind,        15
  More stiff than steel, no sooner bent but broke.
Lo! thus my service is a lasting sore,
Yet will I serve, although I die therefore.
 
Note 1. I serve Aminta, whiter than the snow.  Like Nos. 253 and 255 (see note supra) this poem is from England’s Helicon, 1600, where it is signed “Shepherd Tony.” [back]
Note 2. More fine in trip: of daintier step. [back]
Note 3. Curster … by kind: more vixenish in disposition. [back]
 
 
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