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A Superscription On Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia, Sent For A Token

William Strode 1602 – 1645



Whatever in Philoclea the fair
Or the discreet Pamela figur'd are,
Change but the name the virtues are your owne,
And for a fiction there a truth is knowne:
If any service here perform'd you see,
If duty and affection paynted bee
Within these leaves: may you be pleas'd to know
They only shadow what I truly owe
To your desart: thus I a glasse have sent
Which both myself and you doth represent.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme ABCCDDCEFF
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 394
Words 76
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 10

William Strode

William Strode (c. 1602 – 1645) was an English poet, Doctor of Divinity and Public Orator of Oxford University, one of the Worthies of Devon of John Prince (d.1723). more…

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