The School Bag




On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia

Sir Henry Wotton

You meaner beauties of the night
    That poorly satisfy our eyes
More by your number than your light,
    You common people of the skies,
    What are you when the sun doth rise?

You curious chanters of the wood
    That warble forth Dame Nature's lays,
Thinking your voices understood
    By your weak accents; what's your praise
    When Philomel her voice shall raise?

You violets that first appear,
    By your pure purple mantles known,
Like the proud virgins of the year,
    As if the spring were all your own,
    What are you when the rose is blown?

So, when my Mistress shall be seen
    In form and beauty of her mind,
By virtue first, then choice, a Queen,
Tell me, if she were not designed
The eclipse and glory of her kind?    

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