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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
Songs and Sonnets
Complaint that his Lady, after she knew his Love, kept her Face always hidden from him
I NEVER saw my Lady lay apart
Her cornet 1 black, in cold nor yet in heat,
Sith first she knew my grief was grown so great;
Which other fancies driveth from my heart,
That to myself I do the thought reserve,        5
The which unwares did wound my woful breast;
But on her face mine eyes might never rest.
Yet since she knew I did her love and serve,
Her golden tresses clad alway with black,
Her smiling looks that hid thus evermore,        10
And that restrains which I desire so sore.
So doth this cornet govern me alack!
  In summer, sun, in winter’s breath, a frost;
  Whereby the light of her fair looks I lost.
Note 1. A head dress, with a hood or veil attached to it. [back]

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