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Who had not any thing, of all (20) She had, but was extreame in her, For meanely wise none might her call, Nor meanely faire, for he did erre If so he did: but should deuise H er name of passing faire and wise.
(25) Fauours on him she did bestow, Which if she had not, then be sure He might haue suffered all that woe Which afterward he did endure When he was gone, with lesser paine, (30) And at his comming home againe.
For when indeed the hart is free From suffering paine or torment smart: If wisedome doth not ouer-see And beareth not the greatest part; (35) The smallest griefe and care of minde: Doth make it captiue to their kinde.
Neere to a Riuer swift and great, That famous Ezla had to name: The carefull Shepheard did repeate (40) The feares he had by absence blame, Which he suspect where he did keepe: And feede his gentle Lambs and Sheepe.
And now sometimes he did behold His Shepheardesse, that there about (45) Was on the mountaines of that old And auncient Leon, seeking out