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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Sonnet XII. The tablet of my heavy fortunes here
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
[Not reprinted in Delia, Daniel’s authorised collection, 1592–4.]

THE TABLET of my heavy fortunes here
Upon thine altar, Paphian Power! I place.
The grievous shipwrack of my travels dear
In bulged bark, all perished in disgrace.
  That traitor LOVE! was pilot to my woe;        5
My sails were Hope, spread with my Sighs of Grief;
The twin lights which my hapless course did show
Hard by th’inconstant sands of false relief,
  Were two bright stars which led my view apart.
A SIREN’s voice allured me come so near        10
To perish on the marble of her heart:
A danger which my soul did never fear.
    Lo, thus he fares that trusts a calm too much
    And thus fare I whose credit hath been such.

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