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And vertue sank the deper in his brest. Such profit he by enuy could obtain. (5) A head, where wisdom misteries did frame: Whose hammers bet still in that liuely brain, +As on a stithe: where that some work of fame Was dayly wrought, to turne to Britaines gaine. A visage, stern, and mylde: where both did grow, (10) Uice to contemne, in vertue to reioyce: Amid great stormes, whom grace assured so, To liue vpright, and smile at fortunes choyce. A hand, that taught, what might be said in rime: That reftChaucer the glory of his wit: (15) A mark, the which (vnparfited, for time) Some may approch, but neuer none shal hit. A toung, that serued in forein realmes his king: whose courteous talke to vertue did enflame. Eche noble hart: a worthy guide to bring (20) Our English youth, by trauail, vnto fame. An eye, whose iudgement none affect could blinde, Frendes to allure, and foes to reconcile: Whose persing loke did represent a minde With vertue fraught, reposed, void of gile. (25) A hart, where dreade was neuer so imprest, To hide the thought, that might the trouth auance: In neither fortune loft, nor yet represt, To swel in wealth, or yeld vnto mischance, A valiaunt corps, where force, and beawty met: (30) Happy, alas, to happy, but for foes: +Liued, and ran the race, that nature set: Of manhodes shape, where she the mold did lose. +But to the heauens that simple soule is fled: Which left with such, as couet Christ to know, (35) Witnesse + of faith, that neuer shall be ded: +Sent for our helth, but not receiued so. Thus, for our gilte, this iewel haue we lost: The earth his bones, the heauens possesse his gost. +

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I N the rude age when knowledge was not rife, If Ioue in Create + and other were that taught.