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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 32. Nature, I find, doth, once a year, hold market!
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NATURE, I find, doth, once a year, hold market!
A gaudy fair of brooches and of babies;
And bounteously to all doth She impart it,
Yet chiefly to true Lovers, and fair Ladies.
  There, may you see her dappart Com’nalty        5
Clad, some in purple, some in scarlet dye;
Whiles she (rich Queen!), in all her royalty,
Commands them spread their chaffer to the eye.
  The buyer pays no impost, nor no fees;
But rather to invite with wealthier pleasure,        10
She booths her fair with shade of broad-branched trees,
Wherein (good Queen!) her care doth match her treasure.
  With wealth of more cost, Nature doth Thee beautify!
  Save, careless, she hath left no shelter ’gainst thine eye!
 
 
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