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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
147. Elizabeth of Bohemia
Sir Henry Wotton (1568–1639)
YOU meaner beauties of the night,
  That poorly satisfy our eyes
More by your number than your light,
  You common people of the skies,
What are you, when the Moon shall rise?        5
Ye violets that first appear,
  By your pure purple mantles known
Like the proud virgins of the year,
  As if the spring were all your own,—
What are you, when the Rose is blown?        10
Ye curious chanters of the wood
  That warble forth dame Nature’s lays,
Thinking your passions understood
  By your weak accents; what’s your praise
When Philomel her voice doth raise?        15
So when my Mistress shall be seen
  In sweetness of her looks and mind,
By virtue first, then choice, a Queen,
  Tell me, if she were not design’d
Th’ eclipse and glory of her kind?        20


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