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TO LUCY, COUNTESS OF BEDFORD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Madam, I told you late how I repented
Last Line: Make it your gift. See whither that will bear me.
Subject(s): Bedford, Lucy, Countess Of (1581-1627); Russell, Lucy, Countess Of Bedford


Madam, I told you late how I repented,
I asked a lord a buck, and he denied me;
And, ere I could ask you, I was prevented:
For your most noble offer had supplied me.
Straight went I home; and there most like a poet,
I fancied to myself, what wine, what wit
I would have spent: how every muse should know it,
And Phoebus' self should be at eating it.
O madam, if your grant did thus transfer me,
Make it your gift. See whither that will bear me.





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