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First Line: The chian peincter, when he was requirde
Last Line: Forgive it me, faire dames, sith lesse ye have not lefte.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers


TO ALL THE GRATIOUS AND BEAUTIFULL
LADIES IN THE COURT

THE Chian peincter, when he was requirde
To pourtraict Venus in her perfect hew,
To make his worke more absolute, desird
Of all the fairest maides to have the vew.
Much more me needs, to draw the semblant trew
Of Beauties Queene, the worlds sole wonderment,
To sharpe my sence with sundry beauties vew,
And steale from each some part of ornament.
If all the world to seeke I overwent,
A fairer crew yet no where could I see
Then that brave court doth to mine eie present,
That the worlds pride seemes gathered there to bee.
Of each a part I stole by cunning thefte:
Forgive it me, faire Dames, sith lesse ye have not lefte.






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