Henry Constable Poems
- Damelus' Song To Diaphenia DIAPHENIA, like the ...
- To The Blessed Sacrament WHEN thee (O holy sacrificed Lambe) ...
- To St. Mary Magdalen SUCH as, retired from sight of men, like...
- The Shepherd's Venus And Adoni... Venus fair did ride, Silver ...
- On The Death Of Sir Philip Sid... GIVE pardon, blessed soul, ...
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. 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 ... more »
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Damelus' Song To Diaphenia
DIAPHENIA, like the daffadowndilly,
White as the sun, fair as the lily,
Heigh ho, how I do love thee!
I do love thee as my lambs
Are belovëd of their dams-
How blest were I if thou wouldst prove me!
Diaphenia, like the spreading roses,
That in thy sweets all sweets incloses,
Fair sweet, how I do love thee!
I do love thee as each flower
Loves the sun's life-giving power,
For, dead, thy breath to life might move me.
Diaphenia, like to all things blessed,
When all thy praises are expressëd,
Dear joy, how I do love thee!
As the birds do love ...