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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Chloris
Sonnet XLVIII. You that embrace enchanting Poesy
William Smith (fl. 1596)
 
YOU that embrace enchanting Poesy,
Be gracious to perplexèd CORIN’s lines!
You that do feel Love’s proud authority,
Help me to sing my sighs and sad designs!
  CHLORIS, requite not faithful love with scorn!        5
But, as thou oughtest, have commiseration.
I have enough anatomized and torn
My heart, thereof to make a pure oblation.
  Likewise consider how thy CORIN prizeth
Thy parts above each absolute perfection!        10
How he, of every precious thing deviseth,
To make thee Sovereign! Grant me then affection!
  Else thus I prize thee, CHLORIS is alone
  More hard than gold, or pearl, or precious stone.
 
 
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