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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Delia
Sonnet XXXV. But love! whilst that thou may’st be loved again!
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
 
BUT love! whilst that thou may’st be loved again!
    Now, whilst thy May hath filled thy lap with flowers!
    Now, whilst thy beauty bears without a stain!
    Now, use thy summer smiles, ere Winter lowers!
And whilst thou spread’st unto the rising sun,        5
    The fairest flower that ever saw the light;
    Now joy thy time, before thy sweet be done!
    And, D E L I A! think thy morning must have night!
And that thy brightness sets at length to West;
    When thou wilt close up that, which now thou showest!        10
    And think the same becomes thy fading best,
    Which, then, shall hide it most, and cover lowest!
Men do not weigh the stalk, for that it was;
When once they find her flower, her glory pass.
 
 
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