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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 33. Hither, chaste Phœbe’s Nymphs flocked in procession
Anonymous
 
HITHER, chaste PHŒBE’s Nymphs flocked in procession,
Whose beauties attractive all eyes so exercised
With mazed-admire, that, for some late transgression,
Men weened heaven’s angels were unparadised.
  Such saints, heaven’s paradise contains but few,        5
Their roseate beauties, Nature’s wealth distained;
Compared their lustre, checked her verdant hue,
They even her purest quintessence engrained.
  Anemone there stood with Daffodilly!
The purple Hyacinth, and the musk Rose!        10
Red Amaranthus, and the milk-bred Lily!
I came in quest; yet would I none of those!
  Unto HYPERION’s bride, my choice I knit!
  There, in her goldy leaves, my love is writ!
 
 
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