'And the green lizard and the gilded newt
Lead unmolested lives, and die of age.'
These two lines are adopted from a MS., written about the year
1770, which accidentally fell into my possession. The close of the
preceding Sonnet on monastic voluptuousness is taken from the same
source, as is the verse, "Where Venus sits," etc., and the line,
"Once ye were holy, ye are holy still," in a subsequent Sonnet.