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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Delia
Sonnet XXX. And yet, I cannot reprehend the flight
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
 
[First printed in this edition.]

AND yet, I cannot reprehend the flight,
    Or blame th’attempt, presuming so to soar:
    The mounting venture, for a high delight,
    Did make the honour of the fall the more.
For who gets wealth, that puts not from the shore?        5
    Danger hath honour! great designs, their fame!
    Glory doth follow! courage goes before!
    And though th’event oft answers not the same;
Suffice that high attempts have never shame.
    The Mean-observer (whom base safety keeps)        10
    Lives without honour, dies without a name;
    And in eternal darkness ever sleeps.
And therefore, D E L I A! ’tis to me, no blot;
To have attempted, though attained thee not!
 
 
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