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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Chloris
Sonnet XLV. When she was born, whom I entirely love
William Smith (fl. 1596)
 
WHEN she was born, whom I entirely love,
Th’ immortal gods, her birth-rites forth to grace,
Descending from their glorious seat above;
They did on her, these several virtues place:
  First SATURN gave to her Sobriety;        5
JOVE then enduèd her with Comeliness;
And SOL with Wisdom did her beautify;
MERCURY with Wit and Knowledge did her bless;
  VENUS with Beauty did all parts bedeck;
LUNA therewith did Modesty combine;        10
DIANA chaste, all loose desires did check;
And like a lamp in clearness she doth shine.
  But MARS, according to his stubborn kind,
  No virtue gave; but a disdainful mind.
 
 
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