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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
Songs and Sonnets
Description of the restless State of a Lover
WHEN youth had led me half the race
That Cupid’s scourge had made me run;
I looked back to mete the place
From whence my weary course begun.
And then I saw how my desire        5
By guiding ill had lett the way:
Mine eyen, too greedy of their hire,
Had made me lose a better prey.
For when in sighs I spent the day,
And could not cloak my grief with game;        10
The boiling smoke did still bewray
The present heat of secret flame.
And when salt tears do bain my breast,
Where Love his pleasant trains hath sown;
Her beauty hath the fruits opprest,        15
Ere that the buds were sprung and blown.
And when mine eyen did still pursue
The flying chase of their request;
Their greedy looks did oft renew
The hidden wound within my breast.        20
When every look these cheeks might stain,
From deadly pale to glowing red;
By outward signs appeared plain,
To her for help my heart was fled.
But all too late Love learneth me        25
To paint all kind of colours new;
To blind their eyes that else should see
My speckled cheeks with Cupid’s hue.
And now the covert breast I claim,
That worshipp’d Cupid secretly;        30
And nourished his sacred flame,
From whence no blazing sparks do fly.

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