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  THE soote 1 season, that bud and bloom forth brings,
  With green hath clad the hill, and eke 2 the vale.
  The nightingale with feathers new she sings ;
  The turtle 3 to her make 4 hath told her tale.
  Summer is come, for every spray5 now springs,
  The hart 6 hath hung his old head 7 on the pale;8
  The buck in brake 9 his winter coat he slings ;
  The fishes flete 10 with new repairèd scale ;
  The adder all her slough away she slings ;
  The swift swallow pursueth the fliës smale ;11
  The busy bee her honey now she mings ;12
  Winter is worn13 that was the flowers' bale.14
      And thus I see among these pleasant things
      Each care15 decays, and yet my sorrow springs !

[ AJ Notes:
  1 Sweet.
  2 Also.
  3 Turtledove.
  4 Mate.
  5 Sprig; spray of flowers.
  6 Deer.
  7 i.e., last year's antlers.
  8 Fencepost; picket.
  9 Bracken; thicket.
10 Fleet; fast.
11 Small.
12 Mixes.
13 Worn out; over.
14 Bane; destruction.
15 Worry; worrisome thing.]

Surrey, Henry Howard, Earl of.
The Poetical Works of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1854. 3.

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