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Henry Howard, earl of Surrey,
(Ãåíðè Ãîâàðä, ãðàô Ñåððåé)
Th’ Assyryans’ king
Th’ Assyryans’ king, in peas with fowle desyre
And filthye luste that staynd his regll harte,
In warr that should sett prynceleye hertes afyre
Vanquyshd dyd yeld for want of martyall arte.
The dent of swordes from kysses semed straunge,
And harder then hys ladyes syde his targe;
From glotton feastes to sowldyers fare a chaunge,
His helmet far above a garlandes charge.
Who scace the name of manhode dyd retayne,
Drenched in slouthe and womanishe delight,
Feble of sprete, unpacyent of payne,
When he hadd lost his honor and hys right,
Prowde tyme of welthe, in stormes appawld with drede,
Murder hym self to shew some manful dede.
© 2002 Elena and Yakov Feldman