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A Compleate Gentle-woman
Described by her feature,
Her person slender, her beauty admirable, her wit excellent, her carriage
modest, her behaviour chast, with her constancie in love.
To the tune of Sabina.

YOu Muses all your aide to mee assigne
To speake in praise of the true love of mine.
Strike up with joy
Strike up with joy
Strike up with joy your instruments of mirth
Till piercing Ecchoes ring twixt heaven and earth.

Let Pan with speed prepare himselfe to play,
And sweetly chaunt my love a roundelay
While Satyres peepe
While Satyres peepe
While Satyres peepe to see her lovely face,
Let Citterne, harpe, and lute her meeting grace.

Let all the Poets company combine
Their wits in one for my sweet Rosaline,
And say that shee
And say that shee
And say that shee Queene Venus doth excell,
For beauty, love, and wit shee beares the bell.

And to recite the substance of her feature
That all may say shee is a comely creature,
From head to foot
From head to foot
From head to foot I will unfold aright
The shape of her which is my hearts delight.

First is her haire like threds of golden wyre
Upon her head is set a seemly tyre,
Which doth protect
Which doth protect
Which doth protect her crimson cheeks from wind
From Titans heate and Boreas blasts unkinde.

Her glistring eyes excell the diamond light,
When I behold her countenance by night,
I doe admire
I doe admire
I doe admire to see her beauteous brow
In whom Diana chastnesse doth allow.

The second part, To the same tune.

HEr rubie lips which doth inclose the tongue
From whence rare elegies are sweetly sung,
That may amaze
That may amaze
That may amaze each rurall swaine to heare
Her Siren songs with voice so shrill and cleare.

Her Ivorie necke with golden gems compleate,
Her armes and shoulders framed fine and neate,
Her lilly hand
Her lilly hand
Her lilly hand and fingers long and small
With slender wast and person some-what tall.

And farther to devulge some other parts
Wherein dame nature shewes her chiefest arts,
I purpose to
I purpose to
I purpose to stoope downe unto the toe,
And so speake of the rest as up I goe.

Her pretty foot and nimble dapper heele
Her shaking legge have showne such active skill,
Both Coridon
Both Coridon
Both Coridon and Phillis blusht to see
Her amourous cariage when shee bends the knee.

Not only this which nature in her plact,
But Ladie vertue hath her further gract
In all respects
In all respects
In all respects each creature doth her finde
To passe the Pellican shee is so kinde.

So constant in her actions still is shee
Shee may compare with chast Penelope,
Her minde once fixt
Her minde once fixt
Her minde once fixt it never will remove,
Sheel rather die like to the Turtle dove.

Her will to chastitie is so applid,
Shee scornes ambition, lust, and hatefull pride,
Whereby shee gaines
Whereby shee gaines
Whereby shee gaines good wil of great and smal
Strong weak, high low, rich poore, they love her al

But since my trembling hand and pen wants skil
To write her fame compleate unto my will,
I here conclude
I here conclude
I here conclude wishing each honest lad
May have so true a choice as I have had.


FINIS. L.P:

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