1] Tottel's title: "Request to his loue to ioyne bountie with beautie."
3] form and favour: i.e., beauty.
4] The conceit of Nature showing forth her greatest skill in a beautiful woman was a commonplace in the Renaissance.
6] lively dooms: alert judges, men of insight.
9] certes: certainly.
12] change of minds: changefulness, caprice.
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: Nott, George Fred., ed. The Works of Henry Howard earl of Surrey and of Sir Thomas Wyatt the elder. London: Longman, 1815-16. 2 vols. PR 2370 A1 1815 ROBA.
First publication date: 1557
RPO poem editor: F. D. Hoeniger
RP edition: 3RP 1.14.
Recent editing: 4:2002/5/29
Form: English Sonnet
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