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Elizabethan Sonnet-Cycles

Delia -- Diana

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Author: Henry Constable
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,455 / 73 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 329
Added to site: 2006.07.17 14073
Genre: Poetry

I fostered of mine own accord,
Are made by her to murder thus their lord.


Fair is my love, and cruel as she's fair;
Her brow shades frowns although her eyes are sunny;
Her smiles are lightning though her pride despair;
And her disdains are gall, her favours honey;
A modest maid, decked with a blush of honour,
Whose feet do tread green paths of youth and love;
The wonder of all eyes that look upon her,
Sacred on earth, designed a saint above.
Chastity and beauty, which were deadly foes,
Live reconcilèd friends within her brow;
And had she pity to conjoin with those,
Then who had heard the plaints I utter now?
O had she not been fair and thus unkind,
My Muse had slept and none had known my mind!


For had she not been fair and thus unkind,
Then had no finger pointed at my lightness;
The world had never known what I do find,
And clouds obscure had shaded still her brightness.
Then had



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