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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PHILIP, EARLE OF PEMBROKE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: How dull and dead are books, that cannot show
Last Line: Give both the gold and garland unto it.
Subject(s): Herbert, Philip. 4th Earl Of Pembroke


How dull and dead are books, that cannot show
A Prince or Pembroke, and that Pembroke, you!
You, who are High born, and a Lord no lesse
Free by your fate, then Fortunes mightinesse,
Who hug our Poems (Honourd Sir) and then
The paper gild, and Laureat the pen.
Nor suffer you the Poets to sit cold,
But warm their wits, and turn their lines to gold.
Others there be, who righteously will swear
Those smooth-pac't Numbers, amble every where;
And these brave Measures go a stately trot;
Love those, like these; regard, reward them not.
But you, my Lord, are One, whose hand along
Goes with your mouth, or do's outrun your tongue;
Paying before you praise; and cockring wit,
Give both the Gold and Garland unto it.





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