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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 5. Anon, Fear (Sentinel of sad Discretion!
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ANON, Fear (Sentinel of sad Discretion!
Strangling Repentance in his cradle age!
Care’s Usher! Tenant to his own Oppression!)
Forced my thoughts’ quest upon an idle rage.
  Enraged Passion (Scout to Love untrue!)        5
Commenting glosses on each smile and frown,
Christening the heavens and Erebus anew,
(Intolerable yoke to Love and Reason!
  Footstool to all affects! Beauty’s sour handmaid!
The heart’s hermaphrodite, passive in action!)        10
Hope now serenes his brow, anon dismayed,
A pleasing death, a life in pleased distraction.
  Thou on thy Mother, Fear! begot Despair;
  To whom, my Fate conveys me son and heir.
 
 
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