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1765. Excerpt: ... Nor age's ice my ardent zeal mall tame, To my
life's end I shall your names adore, Not hermits bosoms feel so
pure a flame, Warm'd by approval I more high shall soar: Receive my
humble lays, my heart was yours before. V. Should you consent, I'll
quit my shepherd's grey, And don more graceful and more costly
gear, My crook and scrip I'll throw with scorn away, And in a
samite garment streit appear. Farewell, ye groves, which once I
held so dear 5 Farewell, ye glens, I other joys pursue; Then shall
the world your matchless pow'r revere, And own what wonders your
sweet smiles can do, That could a simple clown into a bard
transmew. CANTO I. ARGUMENT. The Squire of Dames to Satyrane His
history doth tell, With all the toils he underwent T0 gain his
Columbel. I. TH E Squire of Dames his tale thus 'gan to tell; Sith
you command my tongue, sir Satyrane, I now will all declare that me
befell, The cause of muchel scath and dol'rous pain, Ne shall thy
gentle eye from tears refrain. Me Columbel commanded far to go
'Till I should full three hundred nymphs attain, Whose hearts mould
aye with Virtue's lessons glow, And to all swains but one cry out
for ever, No. II. To find the fortilage that ne'er will yield Is
not an easy matter, good sir Knight; Troy town, they say, is now a
grass-mown field, That long withstood the force of Grecian might;
And castles fall though deep in earth empight; Ne ought so strong
is found but what may fail, The sun at last shall lose his glorious
light, And vows or bribes o'er women may prevail; Their hearts are
made of flesh, and mortal flesh is frail. III. With heavy heart,
and full of cark I go And take my conge of my blooming maid, I
kiss'd her hond, and louting very low, To her behest at length
myself array'd: I 4 The The fair we love ex...
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