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SONNET: 13. TO MR. H. LAWES, ON HIS AIRS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Harry whose tuneful and well-measured song
Last Line: Met in the milder shades of purgatory.
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 13;to Mr. H. Lawes, On His Airs
Subject(s): Composers; Lawes, Henry (1596-1662); Music & Musicians; Singing & Singers; Songs


HARRY whose tuneful and well-measured song
First taught our English music how to span
Words with just note and accent, not to scan
With Midas ears, committing short and long;
Thy worth and skill exempts thee from the throng,
With praise enough for Envy to look wan;
To after age thou shalt be writ the man,
That with smooth air couldst humour best our tongue.
Thou honour'st verse, and verse must send her wing
To honour thee, the priest of Phoebus' quire
That tun'st their happiest lines in hymn, or story.
Dante shall give Fame leave to set thee higher
Than his Casella, whom he wooed to sing
Met in the milder shades of Purgatory.




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