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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Chloris
Sonnet IV. Whole showers of Tears to Chloris I will pour
William Smith (fl. 1596)
 
WHOLE showers of Tears to CHLORIS I will pour
As true oblations of my sincere love.
If that will not suffice, most fairest Flower!
Then shall my Sighs, thee to pity move.
  If neither Tears nor Sighs can ought prevail;        5
My streaming Blood thine anger shall appease!
This hand of mine by vigour shall assail
To tear my heart asunder, thee to please!
  Celestial powers, on you I invocate!
You know the chaste affections of my mind!        10
I never did my faith yet violate!
Why should my CHLORIS then be so unkind?
  That neither Tears, nor Sighs, nor streaming Blood
  Can unto mercy move her cruel mood.
 
 
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