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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Upon Her Protesting, That Now Having Tried His Sincere Affection, She Loved Him
By Francis Davison (1575?–1619?)
LADY! 1 you are with beauties so enrichèd
        Of body and of mind;
        As I can hardly find,
Which of them all hath most my heart bewitchèd.
Whether your skin so white, so smooth, so tender,        5
        Or face so lovely fair,
        Or long heart-binding hair,
Or dainty hand, or leg and foot so slender;
Or whether your sharp wit and lively spirit,
        Where pride can find no place;        10
        Or your most pleasing grace;
Or speech, which doth true eloquence inherit.
Most lovely all, and each of them doth move me
        More than words can express:
        But yet I must confess        15
I love you most, because you please to love me!
Note 1. From Davison’s Poetical Rhapsody, 1602. [back]

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