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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
IV. Absence Lamented, Dove-like
By Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
 
LIKE as the culver on the baréd bough
Sits mourning for the absence of her mate;
And in her songs sends many a wishful vow
For his return that seems to linger late:
So I alone, now left disconsolate,        5
Mourn to myself the absence of my Love;
And, wandering here and there all desolate,
Seek with my plaints to match that mournful dove:
Ne joy of aught that under heaven doth hove 1
Can comfort me, but her own joyous sight;        10
Whose sweet aspect both God and man can move
In her unspotted pleasance to delight.
  Dark is my day, whiles her fair light I miss;
  And dead my life, that wants such lively bliss.
 
Note 1. hover, exist. [back]
 
 
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