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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Sir Henry Wotton
 
21. On his Mistris, the Queen of Bohemia
 
YOU meaner Beauties of the Night, 
That poorly satisfie our Eies 
More by your number, then your light, 
You Common-people of the Skies; 
  What are you when the Sun shall rise?         5
  
You Curious Chanters of the Wood, 
That warble forth Dame Natures layes, 
Thinking your Voyces understood 
By your weake accents; what's your praise 
  When Philomell her voyce shal raise?  10
  
You Violets, that first apeare, 
By your pure purpel mantels knowne, 
Like the proud Virgins of the yeare, 
As if the Spring were all your own; 
  What are you when the Rose is blowne?  15
  
So, when my Mistris shal be seene 
In Form and Beauty of her mind, 
By Vertue first, then Choyce a Queen, 
Tell me, if she were not design'd 
  Th' Eclypse and Glory of her kind?  20
 
 
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