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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: The Dilemma of Sir Guy the Neuter. I had not loved thee, dear, so much, Loved I not honor more.—Richard Lovelace. THERE are two portraits remaining of Sir Guy Paget, later Baron Ellesmere. One of them hangs in the old hall to which his descendants have spared its Elizabethan state. No one can name the painter; probably he was one of the Dutch artists who were attracted to England by Holbein's success. The paint has cracked in minute and irregular diamonds all over the canvas; and behind this network of the old spider, Time, you see Sir Guy's face and his supple and elegant figure, down past the half of his comely legs. He is in court dress, as he The bishop In this story was a most real and manful man. to whose memory I offer this slight tribute. His story may be found in any history of England. 77 was wont to appear before her majesty, Mary I of England: cloth of silver and white taffeta, jewels sparkling from his sword hilt, and a "marten chain "wound about his square white velvet cap. I judge that, at this time, he may have owned twenty-eight or nine years. He has the dark hair of the Pagets (fine and straight, I discover elsewhere) brushed upward in the fashion of the day. His slight beard hardly disguises the beautiful oval of his face. His tawny gray eyes, though not large, are full of fire. The nose is the rather long, well formed nose of Holbein's portraits; the chin is firm; and the delicate lips are relaxed by a fine, half-melancholy, half-satiric smile. The other portrait, a miniature by Hil- liard, taken in Elizabeth's reign, shows the same graceful beauty, not effeminate, yet certainly not robust, and the same smile, which I am quite unable to describe. In the miniature, Lord Ellesmere wears armor, being thus represented at the instance of his...
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