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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Diella
Sonnet XXXI. Fair ivory Brow, the board Love banquets on!
Richard Linche (fl. 1596–1601)
 
FAIR ivory Brow, the board LOVE banquets on!
  sweet Lips of coral hue, but silken softness!
Fair Suns that shine, when PHŒBUS’ eyes are gone!
  sweet Breath that breathes incomparable sweetness!
Fair Cheeks of purest roses red and white!        5
  sweet Tongue containing sweeter thing than sweet!
O that my Muse could mount a lofty flight,
  and were not all so forceless, and unmeet
To blaze the beauty of thy several shine,
  And tell the sweetness of thy sundry taste!        10
Able of none but of the Muses nine,
  to be arightly honourèd and graced.
The first so fair, so bright, so purely precious!
The last so sweet, so balmy, so delicious!
 
 
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