Tudor and Stuart Love Songs

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Author: Various Authors
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,327 / 60 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 538
Added to site: 2008.08.23
mnybks.net#: 21838
Genre: Poetry

The spirit of reform which was developed during the early part of the sixteenth century brought about a desire on the part of young men of means to travel on the continent of Europe. This was for the purpose of making themselves acquainted with the politics, social life, literature, art, science, and commerce of the various nations of the same, especially of France, Spain, and Italy. These young Englishmen on their return introduced into the society in which they mixed not only the politenesses of these countries, but the wit of Italy, and the character of the poetry which was then in vogue in Southern Europe.

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Two lines shall teach you how
To purchase love anew:
Let reason rule, where Love did reign,
And idle thoughts eschew.

George Turberville.

THE SHEPHERD'S COMMENDATION OF HIS NYMPH.

What shepherd can express
The favour of her face
To whom, in this distress,
I do appeal for grace?
A thousand Cupids fly
About her gentle eye;

From which each throws a dart,
That kindleth soft sweet fire
Within my sighing heart,
Possessed by desire:
No sweeter life I try
Than in her love to die!

The lily in the field,
That glories in his white,
For pureness now must yield
And render up his right;
Heaven pictured in her face
Doth promise joy and grace.

Fair Cynthia's silver light,
That beats on running streams,
Compares not with her white,
Whose hairs are all sunbeams:
So bright my Nymph doth shine
As day unto my eyne!

With this, there is a red,
Exceeds the damask

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