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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Daphne
By John Lyly (1555?–1606)
 
MY Daphne’s hair is twisted gold,
Bright stars a-piece her eyes do hold,
My Daphne’s brow enthrones the graces,
My Daphne’s beauty stains all faces;
On Daphne’s cheek grow rose and cherry,        5
On Daphne’s lip a sweeter berry;
Daphne’s snowy hand but touched does melt,
And then no heavenlier warmth is felt;
My Daphne’s voice tunes all the spheres,
My Daphne’s music charms all ears;        10
Fond am I thus to sing her praise,
These glories now are turned to bays.
 
 
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