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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XLIV. When I more large thy praises forth shall show
William Smith (fl. 1596)
WHEN I more large thy praises forth shall show,
That all the World thy beauty shall admire;
Desiring that most sacred Nymph to know,
Which hath the Shepherd’s fancy set on fire.
  Till then, my dear, let these thine eyes content        5
Till then, fair Love, think if I merit favour!
Till then, O let thy merciful assent
Relish my hopes with some comforting savour!
  So shall you add such courage to my Muse,
That she shall climb the steep Parnassus’ Hill:        10
That learned Poets shall my deeds peruse,
When I from thence obtainèd have more skill.
  And what I sing shall always be of thee,
  As long as life, or breath, remains in me.

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