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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. Description of Spring and Summer
By Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–1547)
Wherein everything renews, save only the Lover

THE SOOTE 1 season that bud and bloom forth brings
With green hath clad the hill, and eke the vale;
The nightingale, with feathers new, she sings;
The turtle to her make 2 hath told her tale;
Summer is come, for every spray now springs;        5
The hart hath hung his old head on the pale;
The buck in brake his winter coat he flings;
The fishes flete 3 with new repairéd scale;
The adder all her slough away she slings; 4
The swift swallow pursueth the flies smale; 5        10
The busy bee her honey now she mings; 6
Winter is worn, that was the flowers’ bale;
  And thus I see, among these pleasant things,
  Each care decays, and yet my sorrow springs.
Note 1. sweet. [back]
Note 2. mate. [back]
Note 3. flit, float quickly. [back]
Note 4. throws off, slips off. [back]
Note 5. The old pronunciation of small. [back]
Note 6. mingles. [back]

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