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First Line: Happy ye leaves! When as those lily hands
Last Line: Whom if ye please, I care for other none.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Variant Title(s): "to His Book;""happy Ye Leaves When As Those Lilly Hands,"";
Subject(s): Authors & Authorship; Books; Reading


HAPPY ye leaves! when as those lilly hands,
Which hold my life in their dead doing might,
Shall handle you, and hold in loves soft bands,
Lyke captives trembling at the victors sight.
And happy lines! on which, with starry light,
Those lamping eyes will deigne sometimes to look,
And reade the sorrowes of my dying spright,
Written with teares in harts close bleeding book.
And happy rymes! bath'd in the sacred brooke
Of Helicon, whence she derived is,
When ye behold that angels blessed looke,
My soules long lacked foode, my heavens blis.
Leaves, lines, and rymes, seeke her to please alone,
Whom if ye please, I care for other none.





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