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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 7. More fair, but yet more cruel I thee deem
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MORE fair, but yet more cruel I thee deem
(Though by how much the more thou beauteous art,
So much of pity shouldst thou more esteem!);
Fairer than PHŒBE, yet a harder heart.
  Her when ACTÆON viewed with privy eye,        5
She doomed him but a death (a death he owed!),
While he pursued, before his dogs did fly.
Here was the worst of ill (good Queen!) she shewed.
  But when, a start, mine eye had thee espied
Though at discovert, yet stand I sentenced        10
Not to one death, to which I would have hied:
For since, unarmed, and to eye unfenced,
Thy PHŒBE-fairer parts were mine eyes’ prospective.
  O grief! unto myself, disgraced I live!
 
 
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