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First Line: Fayre lovely ladie, whose angelique eyes
Last Line: Daphnis.
Alternate Author Name(s): Barnefield, Richard
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving

Fayre lovely Ladie, whose Angelique eyes
Are Vestall Candles of sweet Beauties Treasure,
Whose speech is able to inchaunt the wise,
Converting Ioy to Paine, and Paine to Pleasure;
Accept this simple Toy of my Soules Dutie,
Which I present unto thy matchles Beautie,

And albeit the gift be all too meane,
Too meane an Offring for thine Ivorie Shrine;
Yet must thy Beautie my iust blame susteane,
Since it is mortall, but thy selfe divine.
Then (Noble Ladie) take in gentle worth,
This new-borne Babe which here my Muse brings forth.

Your Honours most affectionate
and perpetually devoted Shepheard:

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