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(40) In other times obscurely I did liue But with a drowsie, base, and simple kinde Of life, and onely to my profit bend me: To thinke of Loue my selfe I did not giue, Or for good grace, good parts, and gentle minde, (45) Neuer did any Shepheardesse commend me. But crowned now they send me A thousand Garlands, that I wone with praise, In wrastling dayes by dayes, In pitching of the Barre with arme most strong, (50) And singing many a Song. After that thou didst honour, and take hould Of my (sweet Loue) and of my happy soule.
What greater ioy can any man desire, Then to remaine a Captiue vnto Loue: (55) And haue his heart subiected to his power? And though sometimes he tast a little sower By suffering it, as mild as gentle Doue Yet must he be, in liew of that great hire Whereto he doth aspire: (60) If Louers liue afflicted and in paine, Let them with cause complaine Of cruell fortune, and of times abuse, And let not them accuse Thee (gentle-Loue) that doth with blisse enfould (65) Within thy sweetest ioyes each liuing soule.
Behold a faire sweet face, and shining eyes, Resembling two most bright and twinkling starres, Sending vnto the soule a perfect light: Behold the rare perfections of those white