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Delia
Sonnet XLIII. My Delia hath the waters of mine eyes
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
 
[First printed, with verbal differences, in Sonnets after Sidney’s Astrophel (1591).]

MY D E L I A hath the waters of mine eyes,
    (The ready handmaids on her grace attending)
    That never fall to ebb, but ever rise;
    For to their flow, she never grants an ending.
Th’ocean never did attend more duly        5
    Upon his Sovereign’s course, the night’s pale Queen;
    Nor paid the impost of his waves more truly,
    Than mine unto her Deity have been.
Yet nought, the rock of that hard heart can move;
    Where beat these tears with zeal, and fury driveth:        10
    And yet, I rather languish in her love,
    Than I would joy the fairest she that liveth.
I doubt to find such pleasure in my gaining;
As now I taste, in compass of complaining.
 
 
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