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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Corydon’s Supplication
By Nicholas Breton (1545–1626)
SWEET Phyllis, if a silly swain
  May sue to thee for grace,
See not thy loving shepherd slain
  With looking on thy face;
But think what power thou hast got        5
  Upon my flock and me,
Thou seest they now regard me not,
  But all do follow thee.
And if I have so far presumed
  With prying in thine eyes,        10
Yet let not comfort be consumed
  That in thy pity lies;
But as thou art that Phyllis fair,
  That fortune favour gives,
So let not love die in despair        15
  That in thy favour lives.
The deer do browse upon the briar,
  The birds do pick the cherries;
And will not Beauty grant Desire
  One handful of her berries?        20
If it be so that thou hast sworn
  That none shall look on thee,
Yet let me know thou dost not scorn
  To cast a look on me.
But if thy beauty make thee proud,        25
  Think then what is ordained;
The heavens have never yet allowed
  That love should be disdained.
Then lest the Fates that favour love
  Should curse thee for unkind,        30
Let me report for thy behoove
  The honour of thy mind;
Let Corydon with full consent
  Set down what he hath seen,
That Phyllida with Love’s content        35
  Is sworn the shepherds’ queen.

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