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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Sonnet XXVI. I once may see, when years may wreck my wrong
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
 
I ONCE may see, when years may wreck my wrong,
And golden hairs may change to silver wire;
And those bright rays (that kindle all this fire)
Shall fail in force, their power not so strong.
  Her beauty, now the burden of my song,        5
Whose glorious blaze the world’s eye doth admire;
Must yield her praise to tyrant TIME’s desire:
Then fades the flower, which fed her pride so long.
  When if she grieve to gaze her in her glass,
Which then presents her winter-withered hue:        10
Go you my verse! go tell her what she was!
For what she was, she best may find in you.
    Your fiery heat lets not her glory pass,
    But Phœnix-like to make her live anew.
 
 
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