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His losse, by lacke of thee to heaven hent,
Broken with sighes, to decke thy sable Herse!
TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE
THE LADIE STRANGE.
MOST brave and noble Ladie; the things, that make ye so much honored of the world as ye bee, are such, as (without my simple lines testimonie) are throughlie knowen to all men; namely, your excellent beautie, your vertuous behavior, and your noble match with that most honourable Lord, the very Paterne of right Nobilitie: But the causes, for which ye have thus deserved of me to be honoured, (if honour it be at all,) are, both your particular bounties, and also some private bands of affinitie,* which it hath pleased your Ladiship to acknowledge. Of which whenas I found my selfe in no part woorthie, I devised this last slender meanes, both to intimate my humble affection to your Ladiship, and also to make the same universallie knowen to the world; that by honouring you they might know me, and by knowing me they might honor you. Vouchsafe, noble Lady, to accept this simple remembrance, though not worthy of your self, yet such, as perhaps by good acceptance thereof ye may hereafter cull out a more meet and memorable evidence of your owne excellent deserts. So recommending the same to your Ladiships good liking, I humbly take leave.
Your La humbly ever.
*Lady Strange was a daughter of Sir John Spenser, and sister of Lady Carey, to whom Muiopotmos was dedicated.
TEARES OF THE MUSES.*
REHEARSE to me, ye sacred Sisters nine,
For since the time that Phoebus foolish sonne
Nor since that faire Calliope did lose
Her loved Twinnes, the dearlings of her ioy,
The Fatall Sisters, did for spight destroy,
Ver. 15.-Palici.] The Palici were children of Jupiter and Thalia, not Calliope.
poem consists of the lamentations of the nine Muses over the