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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Sonnet XXIII. My years draw on my everlasting night
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
 
[Not reprinted in Delia, Daniel’s authorised collection, 1594.]

MY years 1 draw on my everlasting night,
And HORROR’s sable clouds dim my life’s sun;
That my life’s sun, and Thou my worldly light
Shall rise no more to me. My days are done!
  I’ll go before unto the myrtle shades,        5
To attend the presence of my world’s dear:
And dress a bed of flowers that never fade,
And all things fit against her coming there.
  If any ask, “Why that so soon I came?”
I’ll hide her fault, and say “It was my lot.”        10
In life and death I’ll tender her good name;
My life and death shall never be her blot.
    Although the world this deed of hers may blame;
    The Elysian ghosts shall never know the same.
 
Note 1. Var. lect. cares. [back]
 
 
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