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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Cœlia
Sonnet XIX. It shall be said I died for Cœlia!
William Percy (1575–1648)
 
IT shall be said I died for CŒLIA!
Then quick, thou grisly man of Erebus,
Transport me hence unto PROSERPINA,
To be adjudged as “wilful amorous.”
  To be hung up within the liquid air!        5
For all the sighs which I in vain have wasted:
To be through Lethe’s waters cleansèd fair!
For those dark clouds which have my looks o’ercasted:
  To be condemned to everlasting fire!
Because at CUPID’s fire, I wilful brent me,        10
And to be clad for deadly dumps in mire.
Among so many plagues which shall torment me,
  One solace I shall find, when I am over;
  It will be known I died a constant lover!
 
 
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