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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Fidessa
Sonnet XXXI. Tongue, never cease to sing Fidessa’s praise!
Bartholomew Griffin (d. 1602)
 
TONGUE, never cease to sing FIDESSA’s praise!
  Heart, however she deserve, conceive the best!
Eyes, stand amazed to see her beauty’s rays!
  Lips, steal one kiss, and be for ever blest!
Hands, touch that hand wherein your life is closed!        5
  Breast, lock up fast in thee thy life’s sole treasure!
Arms, still embrace, and never be disclosed!
  Feet, run to her, without, or pace, or measure!
Tongue, heart, eyes, lips, hands, breast, arms, feet,
  Consent to do true homage to your Queen!        10
Lovely, fair, gentle, wise, virtuous, sober, sweet!
  Whose like shall never be, hath never been!
O that I were all tongue, her praise to shew;
Then surely my poor heart were freed from woe!
 
 
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