Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

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Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (12 April 155024 June 1604) was an Elizabethan courtier, playwright, poet, sportsman and patron of numerous writers.

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  • If women could be fair and yet not fond,
    Or that their love were firm, not fickle still,
    I would not marvel that they make men bond
    By service long to purchase their good will;
    But when I see how frail those creatures are,
    I laugh that men forget themselves so far.

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