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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Fidessa
Sonnet XLII. When never-speaking silence proves a wonder
Bartholomew Griffin (d. 1602)
 
WHEN never-speaking silence proves a wonder;
  When ever-flying flame at home remaineth;
When all-concealing night keeps darkness under;
  When men-devouring wrong true glory gaineth,
When soul-tormenting grief agrees with joy;        5
  When LUCIFER foreruns the baleful night;
When VENUS doth forsake her little boy;
  When her untoward boy obtaineth sight;
When SYSIPHUS doth cease to roll his stone;
  When OTHES shaketh off his heavy chain;        10
When Beauty, Queen of Pleasure is alone;
  When Love and Virtue, quiet peace disdain:
    When these shall be, and I not be;
    Then will FIDESSA pity me.
 
 
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