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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
And Yet I Cannot Reprehend the Flight
By Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
 
AND yet I cannot reprehend the flight
Or blame th’ attempt presuming so to soar;
The mounting venture for a high delight
Did make the honour of the fall the more.
For who gets wealth, that puts not from the shore?        5
Danger hath honour, great designs their fame;
Glory doth follow, courage goes before;
And though th’ event oft answers not the same—
Suffice that high attempts have never shame.
The mean observer, whom base safety keeps,        10
Lives without honour, dies without a name,
And in eternal darkness ever sleeps.—
  And therefore, Delia, ’tis to me no blot
  To have attempted, tho’ attained thee not.
 
 
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