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Henry Constable

(1562-1613 / England)

Biography of Henry Constable

Henry Constable (1562 - 1613) was an English poet, son of Sir Robert Constable. He went to St John's College, Cambridge, where he took his degree in 1580.[1] Becoming a Roman Catholic, he went to Paris, and acted as an agent for the Catholic powers. He died at Liège. In 1592 he published Diana, a collection of sonnets, and contributed to England's Helicon for poems, including Diaphenia and Venus and Adonis. His style is characterised by fervour and richness of colour.

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To The Blessed Sacrament

WHEN thee (O holy sacrificed Lambe)
In severed sygnes I whyte and liquide see,
As on thy body slayne I thynke on thee,
Which pale by sheddyng of thy bloode became.

And when agayne I doe behold the same
Vayled in whyte to be receav’d of mee,
Thou seemest in thy syndon wrapt to bee
Lyke to a corse, whose monument I am.

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