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SONNET TO HIS FRIEND R.L. IN PRAISE OF MUSIQUE AND POETRIE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: If musique and sweet poetrie agree
Last Line: One knight loves both, and both in thee remain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Barnefield, Richard
Variant Title(s): In Praise Of Music And Poetry;song, Fr. The Passionate Pilgrim
Subject(s): Dowland, John (1563-1626); Love; Music & Musicians; Poetry & Poets


If music and sweet poetry agree,
As they must needs (the sister and the brother),
Then must the love be great 'twixt thee and me,
Because thou lov'st the one, and I the other.
Dowland to thee is dear, whose heavenly touch
Upon the lute doth ravish human sense;
Spenser to me, whose deep conceit is such
As, passing all conceit, needs no defence.
Thou lov'st to hear the sweet melodious sound
That Phoebus' lute (the queen of music) makes;
And I in deep delight am chiefly drowned
Whenas himself to singing he betakes
One god is god of both (as poets feign),
One knight loves both, and both in thee remain.






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