1] Tottel's title: "Description of Spring, wherin eche thing renewes, saue onelie the louer." Adapted from Petrarch's 310th (269th) sonnet (in some editions the 42nd sonetto in Morte). Surrey's spring is English rather than Italian.
2] eke: also.
4] turtle: turtle dove.
10] Cf. Chaucer, Parlement of Foules, 353: "The swallow, murderer of the bees smale."
11] mings: mingles, mixes.
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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 1.13.
Recent editing: 4:2002/5/29
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