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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
Songs and Sonnets
To the Lady that scorned her Lover
ALTHOUGH I had a check,
To give the mate is hard;
For I have found a neck,
To keep my men in guard.
And you that hardy are,        5
To give so great assay
Unto a man of war,
To drive his men away;
I rede you take good heed,
And mark this foolish verse;        10
For I will so provide,
That I will have your ferse. 1
And when your ferse is had,
And all your war is done;
Then shall yourself be glad        15
To end that you begun.
For if by chance I win
Your person in the field;
Too late then come you in
Yourself to me to yield.        20
For I will use my power,
As captain full of might;
And such I will devour,
As use to shew me spite.
And for because you gave        25
Me check in such degree;
This vantage, lo! I have,
Now check, and guard to thee.
Defend it if thou may;
Stand stiff in thine estate:        30
For sure I will assay,
If I can give thee mate.
Note 1. The Queen at Chess. [back]

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