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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Diella
Sonnet XIX. When Night returns back to his ugly mansion
Richard Linche (fl. 1596–1601)
 
WHEN Night returns back to his ugly mansion,
  and clear-faced Morning makes her bright uprise;
In sorrow’s depth, I murmur out his cantion
  (salt tears distilling from my dewy eyes),
“O thou deceitful SOMNUS, god of dreams!        5
  cease to afflict my over-painèd sprite
With vain illusions, and idle themes!
  thy spells are false! thou canst not charm aright!
For when, in bed, I think t’embrace my Love
  (enchanted by thy magic so to think),        10
Vain are my thoughts! ’tis empty air, I prove!
  that still I wail, till watching make me wink:
And when I wink, I wish I ne’er might wake,
But sleeping, carried to the Stygian lake.”
 
 
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