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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 23. Thy coral-coloured lips, how should I portray
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THY coral-coloured lips, how should I portray
Unto the unmatchable pattern of their sweet!
A draught of blessedness I stole away
From them, when last I kissed. I taste it yet!
So did that sug’ry touch my lips ensucket.        5
  On them, MINERVA’s honey birds do hive
Mellifluous words; when so thou please to frame
Thy speech to entertainment! Thence I derive
My heart’s sole paradise, and my lips sweet game.
  Ye are the coral gates of Temple’s clarion,        10
Whereout the PYTHIUS preached divinity!
Unto thy voice bequeathed the good ARION,
His silvery lyre! Such Pæan melody
  Thy voice, the organ pipe of angels quire
  Trebles! Yet, one kiss; and I’ll raise them higher!        15
 
 
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