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AMICO SUO CHARISSIMO, INGENIOSISSIMO, T. RANDOLPHO, by            
First Line: Desert keeps close, when they that write by guess
Last Line: To say, 'tis petty treason to withhold.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clarendon, 1st Earl Of
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Randolph, Thomas (1605-1634); Dramatists


DESERT keeps close, when they that write by guess
Scatter their scribbles and invade the press.
Stage-poets ('tis their hard, yet common hap)
Break out like thunder, though without a clap.
Here 'tis not so; there's nothing now comes forth,
Which hath not for a licence its own worth.
No swagg'ring terms, no taunts; for 'tis not right
To think that only toothsome which can bite.
See how the lovers come in virgin dye
And rosy blush, ensigns of modesty!
Though once beheld by such with that content,
They need not fear others' disparagement.
But I'll not tell their fortunes, whate'er't be;
Thou must needs know't, if skill'd in palmestry.
Thus much -- where king applauds, I dare be bold
To say, 'Tis petty treason to withhold.





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