Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, IDEA: 6, by MICHAEL DRAYTON

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First Line: How many paltry, foolish, painted things
Last Line: Still to survive in my immortal song.
Variant Title(s): "idea's Mirror: 6;i Give Thee Eternity;immortality In Song;her Fame;""how Many Paltry, Foolish, Painted Things"";
Subject(s): Love; Virtue

HOW many paltry, foolish, painted things,
That now in coaches trouble every street,
Shall be forgotten, whom no poet sings,
Ere they be well wrapped in their winding-sheet?
Where I to thee eternity shall give,
When nothing else remaineth of these days,
And queens hereafter shall be glad to live
Upon the alms of thy superfluous praise;
Virgins and matrons reading these my rhymes,
Shall be so much delighted with thy story,
That they shall grieve they lived not in these times,
To have seen thee, their sex's only glory:
So shalt thou fly above the vulgar throng,
Still to survive in my immortal song.

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