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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Sonnet X. The sly Enchanter, when to work his will
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
 
[Not reprinted in Delia, Daniel’s authorised collection, 1592–4.]

THE SLY Enchanter, when to work his will
And secret wrong on some forespoken wight;
Frames wax in form to represent aright
The poor unwitting wretch he means to kill:
  And pricks the image, framed by magic’s skill,        5
Whereby to vex the party day and night.
Like hath she done, whose show bewitched my sight
To beauty’s charms, her lover’s blood to spill.
  For first, like wax she framed me by her eyes;
Whose “Nays!” sharp-pointed set upon my breast        10
Martyr my life; and plague me in this wise
With ling’ring pain to perish in unrest.
    Nought could, save this, my sweetest fair suffice,
    To try her art on him that loves her best.
 
 
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