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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Extracts from Britannia’s Pastorals: A Comparison
By William Browne (c. 1590–c. 1645)
Book III. Song 2.

AS when a woodman on the greeny lawns,
  Where daily chants the sad-sweet nightingale,
Would count his herd, more bucks, more prickets, fawns
  Rush from the copse and put him from his tale;
Or some way-faring man, when morning dawns,        5
  Would tell the sweet notes in a joysome vale,
At every foot a new bird lights and sings,
And makes him leave to count their sonnettings.
So when my willing muse would gladly dress
  Her several graces in immortal lines,        10
Plenty empoors her; every golden tress,
  Each little dimple, every glance that shines
As radiant as Apollo, I confess
  My skill too weak for so admired designs;
For whilst one beauty I am close about,        15
Millions do newly rise and put me out.

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