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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To Aurora
By William Alexander, Earl of Stirling (1567?–1640)
 
O IF 1 thou knew’st how thou thyself dost harm,
And dost prejudge thy bliss, and spoil my rest;
Then thou would’st melt the ice out of thy breast
And thy relenting heart would kindly warm.
O if thy pride did not our joys controul,        5
What world of loving wonders should’st thou see;
For if I saw thee once transformed in me,
Then in thy bosom would I pour my soul;
Then all my thoughts should in thy visage shine,
And if that ought mischanced thou should’st not moan        10
Nor bear the burthen of thy griefs alone;
No, I would have my share in what were thine.
And whilst we thus should make our sorrows one,
This happy harmony would make them none.
 
Note 1. Sonnet xxxiii. in Aurora, from the first collected Ed. of Stirling Poems, Glasgow, 1870. [back]
 
 
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