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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
Songs and Sonnets
Complaint of the Lover disdained
IN Cyprus springs, whereas Dame Venus dwelt,
A well so hot, that whoso tastes the same,
Were he of stone, as thawed ice should melt,
And kindled find his breast with fixed flame;
Whose moist poison dissolved hath my hate.        5
This creeping fire my cold limbs so opprest,
That in the heart that harbour’d freedom, late:
Endless despair long thraldom hath imprest.
Another 1 so cold in frozen ice is found,
Whose chilling venom of repugnant kind,        10
The fervent heat doth quench of Cupid’s wound,
And with the spot of change infects the mind;
  Whereof my dear hath tasted to my pain:
  My service thus is grown into disdain. 2
Note 1. Sc. Well. [back]
Note 2. Whereby my service grows into disdain.—Nott’s Ed. [back]

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