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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Chloris
Sonnet I. Courteous Calliope, vouchsafe to lend
William Smith (fl. 1596)
 
COURTEOUS CALLIOPE, vouchsafe to lend
Thy helping hand to my untunèd Song!
And grace these Lines, which I to write pretend,
Compelled by love which doth poor CORIN wrong.
  And those, thy sacred Sisters, I beseech,        5
Which on Parnassus’ Mount do ever dwell,
To shield my country Muse and rural speech
By their divine authority and spell.
  Lastly to thee, O PAN, the shepherds’ King;
And you swift footed Dryades, I call!        10
Attend to hear a swain in verse to sing
Sonnets of her that keeps his heart in thrall!
  O CHLORIS, weigh the task I undertake!
  Thy beauty, subject of my Song I make.
 
 
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