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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 37. When last mine eyes dislodgèd from thy beauty
Anonymous
 
WHEN last mine eyes dislodgèd from thy beauty,
Though served with Process of a parent’s Writ:
A Supersedeas countermanding duty,
Even then, I saw upon thy smiles to sit!
  Those smiles which me invited to a Party,        5
Disperpling clouds of faint respecting fear;
Against the Summons which was served on me,
A larger privilege of dispense did bear.
  Thine eyes’ edict, the Statute of Repeal,
Doth other duties wholly abrogate,        10
Save such as thee endear in hearty zeal,
Then be it far from me, that I should derogate
  From Nature’s Law, enregistered in thee!
  So might my love incur a Præmunire.
 
 
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