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By Sir John Davies

Parmigianino. Cupid Carving His Bow, 1532-34.
Parmigianino. Cupid Carving His Bow, 1532-34.


Into the midle Temple of my harte
the wanton Cupid did himselfe admitt,
and gaue for pledge yor Eagle-sighted witt
Yt he wold play noe rude vncivill parte:
Longe tyme he cloak'te his nature wth his arte
and sadd and graue and sober he did sitt
but at the last he gan to reuell it,
to breake good rules, and orders to peruerte:
Then loue and his younge pledge were both conuented
before sadd Reason, that old Bencher graue,
who this sadd sentence vnto him presented
by dilligence, yt slye and secreate knaue
That loue and witt, for euer shold departe
out of the midle Temple of my harte.

6 = serious ; and so 'sadly' = seriously, e.g. Skelton:
" I have not offended, I trust,
   If it be sadly discust."  G.

Text source:
      Davies, Sir John. Gullinge Sonnets.
      The Complete Poems of Sir John Davies. Vol II. Rev. Alexander B. Grosart, Ed.
      London: Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1876.  61.

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