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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
An Epitaph on Clere, Surrey’s Faithful Friend and Follower
By Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–1547)
NORFOLK sprung thee, Lambeth holds thee dead;
Clere, of the Count of Cleremont, thou hight;
Within the womb of Ormond’s race thou bred,
And saw’st thy cousin 1 crowned in thy sight.
Shelton for love, Surrey for lord thou chase; 2        5
(Aye me! whilst life did last that league was tender)
Tracing whose steps thou sawest Kelsal blaze,
Landrecy burnt, and battered Boulogne render.
At Montreuil gates, hopeless of all recure,
Thine Earl, half dead, gave in thy hand his will;        10
Which cause did thee this pining death procure,
Ere summers four times seven thou couldst fulfill.
  Ah! Clere! if love had booted, care, or cost,
  Heaven had not won, nor earth so timely lost.
Note 1. Thomas Clere was first cousin of Anne Boleyn. [back]
Note 2. Didst choose. [back]

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