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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 17. Stay, speedy Time! behold, before thou pass
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1594 (No. 7), and in all later editions.]

To Time

STAY, speedy Time! behold, before thou pass
From Age to Age, what thou hast sought to see!
One in whom all the excellencies be,
In whom Heaven looks itself as in a glass.
  Time! look thou too in this tralucent glass!        5
And thy youth past, in this pure mirror see!
As the World’s Beauty in his infancy,
What it was then; and thou, before it was.
  Pass on! and to posterity tell this!
Yet see thou tell but truly, what hath been!        10
Say to our nephews, that thou once hast seen
In perfect human shape, all Heavenly Bliss!
  And bid them mourn, nay more, despair with thee,
  (That she is gone) her like again to see!

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