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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
FROM 1 you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dress’d in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell        5
Of different flowers in odour and in hue
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew:
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;        10
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
  Yet seem’d it winter still, and, you away,
  As with your shadow I with these did play.
Note 1. Shakespeare. Sonnet XCVIII. [back]

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