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AMORETTI: 28, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The laurel-leaf which you this day do wear
Last Line: But in your brest his leafe and love embrace.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Subject(s): Apollo; Daphne (mythology)


The laurel leafe which you this day doe weare
Gives me great hope of your relenting mynd:
For since it is the badg which I doe beare,
Ye, bearing it, doe seeme to me inclind.
The powre thereof, which ofte in me I find,
Let it lykewise your gentle brest inspire
With sweet infusion, and put you in mind
Of that proud mayd whom now those leaves attyre.
Proud Daphne, scorning Phoebus lovely fyre,
On the Thessalian shore from him did flie:
For which the gods, in theyr revengefull yre,
Did her transforme into a laurell tree.
Then fly no more, fayre love, from Phebus chace,
But in your brest his leafe and love embrace.





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