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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Hymn to Venus

John Fletcher (1579–1625)

O, FAIR sweet goddess, Queen of loves,

Soft and gentle as thy doves,

Humble-eyed, and ever ruing

Those poor hearts their loves pursuing!

O, thou mother of delights,

Crowner of all happy nights,

Star of dear content and pleasure,

Of mutual loves and endless treasure!

Accept this sacrifice we bring,

Thou continual youth and spring;

Grant this lady her desires,

And every hour we’ll crown thy fires.