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AMORETTI: 71, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I joy to see how in your drawen work
Last Line: Betweene the spyder and the gentle bee.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Variant Title(s): "i Joy To See How In Your Drawen Work,"";
Subject(s): Drawing

I joy to see how, in your drawen work,
Your selfe unto the bee ye doe compare,
And me unto the spyder, that doth lurke
In close awayt to catch her unaware.
Right so your selfe were caught in cunning snare
Of a deare foe, and thralled to his love:
In whose streight bands ye now captived are
So firmely, that ye never may remove.
But as your worke is woven all about
With woodbynd flowers and fragrant eglantine,
So sweet your prison you in time shall prove,
With many deare delights bedecked fyne:
And all thensforth eternall peace shall see
Betweene the spyder and the gentle bee.

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