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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
A Miracle
Anonymous
 
BEHOLD 1 a wonder here!
Love hath received his sight!
Which many hundred year
Hath not beheld the light.
 
Such beams infusèd be        5
By Cynthia in his eyes,
As first have made him see,
And then have made him wise.
 
Love now no more will weep
For them that laugh the while!        10
Nor wake for them that sleep,
Nor sigh for them that smile!
 
So powerful is the Beauty
That Love doth now behold,
As Love is turned to Duty        15
That’s neither blind nor bold.
 
Thus Beauty shows her might
To be of double kind;
In giving Love his sight
And striking Folly blind.        20
 
Note 1. From John Dowland’s Third and Last Book of Songs and Airs, 1603. [back]
 
 
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