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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Sonnet XIX. Happy in sleep; waking, content to languish
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
 
HAPPY in sleep; waking, content to languish;
Embracing clouds by night; in day time mourn;
All things I loathe save her and mine own anguish;
Pleased in my heart moved to live forlorn.
  Nought do I crave but love, death or my lady.        5
Hoarse with crying, “Mercy!” (Mercy yet my merit),
So many vows and prayers ever made I;
That now at length to yield, mere pity were it.
  Yet since the Hydra of my cares renewing,
Revives still sorrows of her fresh disdaining:        10
Still must I go the summer winds pursuing,
And nothing but her love and my heart’s paining.
    Weep hours! grieve days! sigh months! and still mourn yearly!
    Thus must I do because I love her dearly.
 
 
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