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First Line: Sweet secrecy, what tongue can tell thy worth
Last Line: The lively image of divinity.

Sweet secrecy, what tongue can tell thy worth?
What mortal pen sufficiently can praise thee?
What curious pencil serves to limn thee forth?
What Muse hath power above thy height to raise thee?
Strong lock of kindness, closet of love's store,
Heart's mithridate, the soul's preservative,
O virtue! which all virtues do adore,
Chief good, from whom all good things we derive.
O rare effect! true bond of friendship's measure,
Conceit of angels, which all wisdom teachest,
O richest casket of all heavenly treasure,
In secret silence which such wonders preachest.
O purest mirror, wherein men may see
The lively image of divinity.

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