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TO SIR HENRY GOODYERE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When I would know thee, goodyere, my thought looks
Last Line: It was a knowledge, that begat that love.
Variant Title(s): To The Same
Subject(s): Books; Goodyer, Sir Henry (1571-1627); Reading; Goodyere, Sir Henry (1571-1627)


When I would know thee Goodyere, my thought looks
Upon thy well-made choice of friends, and books;
Then do I love thee, and behold thy ends
In making thy friends books, and thy books friends:
Now, I must give thy life, and deed, the voice
Attending such a study, such a choice.
Where, though't be love, that to thy praise doth move,
It was a knowledge, that begat that love.





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